Jul 30, 2018

A New Academic Year

Oral Assesments
Oral Assesments

A new academic year began in June 2018, and our Coordinators were all prepared for the usual Baseline Assessments and Grading Tests as well as new songs, skits, and other related activities. Oral and written Tests were conducted and assessed very successfully. Children were then graded into four levels based on their knowledge of the English language – Junior, Junior High, Middle Level and Seniors. Normal classes began soon thereafter.

 

The Coordinators themselves had fresh training from Ms. Usha Kumar, ex-Dean HRD, Mt.Carmel College, Bangalore.As in the past, she was ever willing to volunteer for our cause. The 8 sessions which Usha Kumar took in the absence of our Director, brought fresh ideas, new techniques and a whole lot of extra fun in teaching and learning. She added more games to our already existing list, to make the whole process more entertaining for the kids – and of course our Coordinators. We are truly grateful to Ms. Usha Kumar for always being so supportive and forever finding new ways to sustain interest of all concerned.    

Written Assessments
Written Assessments
Thanking Usha Kumar
Thanking Usha Kumar
May 10, 2018

It's Summertime!

Learning under the Trees
Learning under the Trees

The Summer Holidays are here again – and this year too we conducted our annual Summer Program, but with a difference. This year, due to State Elections, we ran the Program for 4 weeks instead of 5. But the main difference was that this year, due to the increase in the number of children and the bigger geographical distribution, we ran the Program in 3 centres. On the first day, we had a record number of 500+ children attending our Program! The numbers albeit reduced gradually, as the kids went off to their native villages as the summer progressed.

Children from different village schools made new friends, our new rural Coordinators learnt a lot from our Senior Coordinators, as well as from their trainers and volunteers. For the children, it was fun and games, but continuity in their English language learning. This year however, it was possible to provide mid-day meals at only one centre

As in the past, a few supporting Corporates provided Travel tempos to pick up and drop the children safely from distant villages, to the Program centres every day.

Our regular Program gives the children the unique experience of learning with games, puzzles, activity cards, story-telling, songs, rhymes, laptops, and Tablets. But this year, during the Summer, they had yet another unique experience – learning outdoors, under the shade of beautiful trees, with the gentle breeze soothing the heat of the summer. Yes, we experimented with the “outdoor learning”, being one with nature, and realized that the kids enjoyed it a lot better than doing the same activities indoors, in stuffy, hot classrooms!

The icing on the cake was the presence of our Founder Anamika Majumder who was down from Boston for the week. She spent some quality time in the last 3 days, with the children as well as our Coordinators. Our kids put up a wonderful performance of songs and skits for her. 

Morning Assembly
Morning Assembly
Cooling off with Buttermilk
Cooling off with Buttermilk
One alphabet at a time
One alphabet at a time
Laptops are intriguing
Laptops are intriguing
And Puzzles are ..... Puzzling!
And Puzzles are ..... Puzzling!
Story-time
Story-time
And Play-time!
And Play-time!
If kids can play, why can't we?
If kids can play, why can't we?
Anamika & Ruby with the Coordinators & kids
Anamika & Ruby with the Coordinators & kids
Apr 6, 2018

Impact of OBLF Intervention 2017-18

Written Assessments
Written Assessments

OBLF’s school year came to a close at the end of February, and our Year-end Assessments – Oral and Written – were held from 19th to 23rd February, 2018 for each of our over 2500 children.  A detailed school-wise report is attached.

 An analysis of the same shows that 98% of the children (who had at least 60 days’ attendance), improved in their English language skills.

The Assessment results show that 57% children scored over 60% marks at the year-end, as against only 8% at the beginning of the year.

As usual, our Senior Coordinators worked really hard and despite really difficult logistics, managed to conduct Oral Assessments for each of the 2500 children in one week. They travelled long distances daily from one school to another, to all our 45 rural schools, after which they got a well-deserved 2 week break.

Oral Assessments by Senior Coordinators
Oral Assessments by Senior Coordinators

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