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Aug 23, 2018

Impact Assessment Study of Wings of Doon Program!

Traditional teaching at Wings
Traditional teaching at Wings

Aasraa continues to spread its wings across Dehradun. We have now 9 after school support projects impacting almost 1,300 children.

As excited as we are to benefit a greater number of children, we understand that it is equally important to do regular impact assessment of our programs. The Wings of Doon program at Aasraa combines the traditional teaching methodology and modern technology. Our implementation of Computer Aided Learning (CAL) is simple – interactive, colourful and high-quality teaching programs and e-learning materials used on large TV Screens, individual computers and hand-held tablets. This type of education instantly captures the imagination of the children, making learning fun.

Our constant endeavor is to offer quality education to our children. The difference in their learning levels significantly influence our teaching strategies and how we can improve to maximize our impact.

In May 2018, we initiated our first impact assessment study to:

  1. Study the impact of Wings of Doon Program - after school remedial program.
  2. Study the impact of CAL Wings program over the traditional Wings program.
  3. Study the impact of traditional school teaching plus CAL Wings program over traditional school teaching plus traditional Wings program.

Sample of students selected for this analysis is based on following parameters:

  1. Equal number of students in each group (CAL & Non-CAL) for Classes 6th, 7th and 8th
  2. Student must be enrolled in the Wings program for at least 1 year
  3. Attendance of the student should be equal to or more than 85% in school and Wings program.
  4. Student must be present throughout the study process in all sessions and tests

The results of the study, expected to come out by the end of September 2018, will enable us to gauge the grasp of children at the Wings program and improvise our teaching methods to ensure that they have clear understanding of the subject matter.  

In 2018, 10 children sat their 12th Board Exams out of which 4 boys have cleared the State Polytechnic exam with ranking in the top 1000 and are now enrolled at polytechnic colleges. 4 of tomorrow’s leaders; shaped by Wings of Doon.   

We attribute our progress and achievements to the valuable support of our donors and well wishers like you. Your kind contributions and encouragement have enabled us to continue building our programs for the betterment of all marginalized children under Aasraa’s umbrella.

Computer Aided Learning at Wings Program
Computer Aided Learning at Wings Program
Jun 13, 2018

State Board Examination Result and Summer Break!

Success only comes to those who work for it.

We bring to you our 6 children who hail from humble backgrounds, had fragmented education till few years ago and and are making us proud today by their academic achievements.

  1. Shubham - His mother is an illiterate construction worker. He has got First Division Honors in 12th board exam with 73%. He is an aspiring engineer.
  2. Amla – She belongs to a scheduled caste in Chakrata. Her parents are virtually crippled and require both financial and medical support. She has got First Division honors in 10th board exam with 75%.
  3. Harsh - His father is a temple priest and lives in a rented room in Haridwar. Harsh has got First Division Honors in 10th board exam with 83%.
  4. Anshul  - He belongs to scheduled caste in Chakrata and his father is a daily wage worker. He has got 397th rank in the Uttarakhand Polytechnic Result 2018.
  5. Mohit  - His father is a marginalized farmer. He has got 539th rank in the Uttarakhand Polytechnic Result 2018.
  6. Salim – His father owns a tea stall in Dehradun. He has secured second division marks in 12th board exam and is selected for a 2-year course of Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology at Dr. Ahuja’s Institute of Imaging and Lab Medicine (AIILM), Dehradun.

Time for the Summer Break!

58 shelter home children went for camping to Himalayan Adventure Institute, an outdoor education centre based in beautiful Himalayan surroundings, for 6 days. Children participated in activities which were a test of their courage, endurance, mental and physical strength such as treks, yoga, shooting, rappelling, river crossing with rope bridges and rock climbing! These valuable lessons in mental and physical discipline, team work and life skills will go a long way in inculcating confidence, self esteem - great motivators for learning and achieving goals & building responsible citizens. 

Children also removed the garbage left by tourists and cleaned up the hillside during their trip to observe World Environment Day.

A BIG THANK YOU to all our friends, donors and supporters for believing in our cause and helping us empower the most vulnerable children of our society!

Shubham
Shubham
Amla
Amla
Harsh
Harsh
Anshul
Anshul
Salim
Salim
Summer Exposure Trip 2018
Summer Exposure Trip 2018
Cleanup drive
Cleanup drive
May 25, 2018

Introducing CAL at Sneha Doon Academy!

As we step into the new academic year, we continue our focus on the Computer Aided Learning (CAL) program at all our education projects. CAL has not only helped us in reinforcing concepts and retaining attention of our children, but has empowered them to build knowledge, broaden their outlook and perform better academically.

This month, we have installed two 50-inch LED screens for the CAL program at Sneha Doon Academy. The program will benefit all students at the school; ones who are mainstreamed by Aasraa and rest of the students. This support will prepare students to understand, use, and apply computer technology in an effective, efficient, and ethical way. Advanced technologies are more pervasive today than they have ever been, and their uses are expanding continually. Students will actively explore the fundamental concepts, knowledge, skills, and attitudes for applying technology in their personal growth. They will also learn to develop skills like collaboration, higher-order thinking, problem solving, and self-direction through effective use of technology tools and resources, thus enabling them to be lifelong learners in the twenty-first century.

Aasraa has also undertaken training in CAL teaching for the school teachers. The idea is to resource all teachers with multimedia contents to explain topics better, slowly making way for smart classes. Once the school reopens in July after summer vacation, all teachers will be equipped to take CAL classes.

The CAL program has proved to be a tremendous success in our other projects and has helped us bring computer literacy and tutorial support to children from impoverished backgrounds. The children not only have learnt how to use computers but have access, through CAL, to the latest in teaching learning materials in the form of video lectures, modules and test papers/worksheets. It has also helped children explore various subjects through an interactive medium.

We are grateful to all our donors and well wishers for their valuable support and helping us strengthen our programs for our lovely children.

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