Apr 2, 2020

A New Way Forward

Anish Ramachandran - CEO
Anish Ramachandran - CEO

The more things change, the more they remain the same. And though  we at OBLF will continue to serve our under-privileged children in a meaningful way, we also want to bring fresh ideas, innovative methods, and creative thinking in the way we do it. Starting this month, Anish Ramachandran is the CEO of OBLF. Over the past 10 months Anish has already been working with us on multiple fronts and  brings with him tons of leadership experience, fresh approach, and a passion for the cause. He is a former Vice-President of Intel Corporation. Prior to his retirement from the corporate sector, he was VP and Director of Intel's Greater Asia Region operations, and worked at Intel in various leadership roles for over eighteen years. Prior to Intel, Anish was with Novell Inc. for close to seven years and before that with a couple of other companies. Anish is a Post Graduate alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur and a graduate in Commerce from Madras University. We are sure that under his leadership, OBLF will reach new levels of service.

Also, our 9th academic year came to a close at the end of February 2020. Our Year-end Assessments – Oral and Written – were held from 17th to 26th February, 2020 for each of our about 4500 children.  More than 30 of our rural Coordinators, along with our 8 Supervisors and the Management team took a lot of effort to conduct these assessments in the remotest of schools, under the most trying conditions.

An analysis of the same shows that 99% of the children (who had at least 60 days’ attendance), improved in their English language skills.

The Assessment results show that 45% children scored over 60% marks at the year-end, as against less than 2% at the beginning of the year.

As against 45% of the OBLF children scoring > 60%, only 7% of Non-OBLF children scored >60%. This shows that OBLF’s Program on English language skills is indeed benefiting our rural children.  

Written Assessments
Written Assessments
Oral Assessments
Oral Assessments
Our Team
Our Team
Feb 10, 2020

Updating Pedagogy

OBLF Classes in Action
OBLF Classes in Action

Time & Tide wait for no man! And in today’s fast paced digital world, this is truer than ever. We at OBLF, while maintaining stability of pedagogy, also believe that evolution is a slow but sure process, which needs to be embraced to maintain and upgrade the quality of our program.

Our normal classes therefore, are going ahead, bracing for our year-end Assessments at the month end. But we are anything but complacent. Even though year on year our Assessment Analysis shows a great impact of our intervention, we think we are now in a place where we can improve upon our own performance. Consequently, last month, the Board of Trustees has formed an Advisory Board, comprising 2 members, a couple with loads of experience in English language pedagogy.

Dr. Rajeevan Karal has been an English Language Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Master Trainer for over 45 years. For nearly two decades he was a member of the Faculty at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. Later he moved to the Publishing industry to set up the Publishing Division for Cambridge University Press, India and retired as the Senior Vice-President of the Press in 2012. Since then he has been an independent English Language Consultant offering consultancy services to different publishers and is actively engaged in training teachers and developing content for teaching-learning purposes. He has authored many course books for teaching English to learners at school and university level.  His major areas of interest include training, content development, curriculum development and self-directed learning. 

Ms. Geetha Rajeevan has been an English Language Teacher and Teacher Trainer for nearly 40 years. In the latter part of her career, she was the Head of one of the premier International Schools in Hyderabad for 15 years and retired in 2016. During those years, she was actively engaged in introducing innovative practices in teaching and teacher development. Her areas of interest include activity-based learning and classroom innovation.

Both of them have already started the process of reviewing our curriculum / syllabus / Assessment process, and will help us to bring it all to better standards.

Dec 11, 2019

Gifting Smiles!

Sorting the Toys
Sorting the Toys

This quarter we continued with the serious business of Fun Learning. But this quarter is also interspersed by many festivals. This period is a period of celebration in our country and of people exchanging gifts and having parties.

However, for the under-privileged, there is not much to celebrate. Thus was born, a few years back, the “Joy of Giving Week”, which is now called “Daan Utsav”, to have a more inclusive effect. The week starts very appropriately, from the birth date of Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October.

We at OBLF, use this opportunity to give toys to the under-privileged rural children in our program. This year we distributed toys to all the 1500+ children in the new 28 Rural Government Primary schools which we have adopted in our Program for the first time. Most of the time donors generously give for the education that we provide. But we feel that kids need to experience the sheer joy of getting something which is not always connected to education. And the unadulterated pleasures and smiles we see on their faces justify our belief.

Of course our rural ladies, as always, rose to the occasion, and happily sorted out and labelled the toys for each child!

We are extremely grateful to the employees of many corporates who put up Wish Trees for our kids and donated so generously to this cause.

 
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