There has been a horrific surge in Coronavirus infections and deaths in India. The health care system is extremely overwhelmed and social media is inundated with pleas for medical devices and medications. OBLF can simply not look away during this crisis and is collaborating with health officials to set up a 50 bedded Covid Care Center in Jigani, Bangalore. For the short term, all funds raised via this platform will be directed to the Care Center.
State run schools are plagued with serious issues like teacher absenteeism, poor student teacher ratios, text books beyond the children's comprehension, pressure on teachers to complete the syllabus which tends to leave many children behind as most classrooms have multi-grade children and most importantly, a style of teaching in which the teachers aren't motivated and the learners are not engaged. To reap the benefits of demographics, the masses must comprehend information and use technologies.
We work as a partner to the state and use the infrastructure of govt schools. OBLF has adopted 76 schools in which we assess children in the start of a school year, divide them into groups based on how they do, teach via fun filled methods and technologies like tablets and use syllabi designed by us. Our teachers are local rural women. Year end assessments have constantly shown that the kids in the program are way ahead of the ones who attend the same schools but are not in the program.
OBLF's vision is to create a model by adopting most schools in a Block in Bangalore. Since government schools in the entire country face similar challenges, we would like to eventually scale up the program in other parts of the country as more resources become available. Our program has not only benefited the children in the schools we adopted, but our strategy of selecting rural women as Coordinators from the communities has also provided them financial and intellectual independence.
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