Future India Trust tied up with Tailorbird and initiated “Urban reading programme” in Bangalore

Dear All,

Future India Team had discussion with TailorBird Children’s Library & Learning Centre  http://www.thetailorbird.com/  to make use of their “Urban Reading Program” at some of schools in Bangalore.
Future India Team roped in three schools in Banglore and encouraged them to start the Urban reading program for the benefit of students. As a first step, Training program for teachers from 3 different schools in Bangalore were arranged at Tailorbird centre on 15th December 2012, Saturday.

Below schools were participated in the training program :

1.  Presidency Church School (2 participants – Mr. Boillen and Ms, Pramila) – One copy of the software given to Mr. Boillen)

2.  Indira Gandhi International Academy (2 participants – Ms, Jayashree and Mr. Yesudas) – One copy handed over to Ms. Jayashree.
3.  Apsa (1 participant – Ms. Rema Vidyadharan) – Paid up for the training;
All participants have been given training manual and they can reach TailorBird team any time for further assistance. Also, SW copy provided to all the three schools and SW cost paid by Future India Trust.
Future India Team express our heartful thanks to Mrs. Latha Srinivasan, Tailorbird for thier discount on SW cost and training program.

What does the Urban Reading programme achieve?

Start them young on a healthy reading habit and growth will show on their minds!

Urban reading programme is a small step towards encouraging children to truly become independent readers – to read outside of school books,  to develop analytical, logical and skills required to do well in academics as well.  Primarily targeted at children of lower socio-economic background, the programme trains and empowers the teachers who would in-turn aid the children in reading – it provides the concepts, tools and techniques to teachers, to familiarize them about how to develop independent reading  in a child and to  develop a young child as a willing reader at his/her own pace. Each of the schools who subscribe to this programme  are given a software tool –Flow of English – this product contains stories that children can listen to – learn the correct pronunciation, intonation and understand the spoken word.

The trained teachers would later guide the children to learn to read using simple techniques and rules to read and spell words, phrases, captions, sentences and paragraphs in that same order. Repetition is the key and  technology facilitates this; even if the teacher is not present, the child can click on individual words to be read to him/her.

The programme offers continuous support to teachers to ensure that they succeed – follow-up and monitoring of implementation; feedback to the programme to make corrections, if required.

What next?

The next step is to give children access to quality, age and culture appropriate printed matter, in form of books, newspapers and validate their progress via online interactions with trained teachers and volunteers  to keep the reading habit alive.

Who owns this?

This programme is spearheaded by individuals  (educationists and corporate professionals) who recognize and understand the lacunae in the education system and willing to go ahead to make that difference in the lives of first-generation learners – by bringing in schools and teachers to understand and sign-up for this programme and donors to fund the operational expenses.  Volunteers who are willing to be hands-on are welcome.

Regards

Future India Team

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