Every evening, young children in rural villages near Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh attend our community centers, where local volunteers help them with their homework, engage them in fun-learning activities and help them read. By providing a simple lab-kit with low-cost experiments or a set of books in english and local languages, you can help them see that learning can be Fun! Useful! and Accessible!
Many students drop-out of school for a variety of reasons. First generation learners are especially at a disadvantage because of lack of a support system to help them with school education. Agastya's community centers "Operation Vasantha" was started to help mainstream drop-outs. Soon enough, regular school-going children started trickling in to these centers. Today, there are more of school-goers than drop-outs and the community centers are ensuring that these children stay in school!
The community center started with local volunteers helping students with their homework. To help with improved understanding of heavy science concepts, Agastya trained volunteers to use simple, low-cost experiments in explaining science to these children. In recent years, Agastya has begun helping some of the younger children with basic language literacy by providing simple english and local language books.
With 10 lab & library kits circulated among the 60 community centers, we will help over 2400 children get the benefit of hands-on, active and participatory education making their first-generation-learning count for generations to come.