This project - Kalikayatna, involves improving the quality of State run schools by empowerment of 50 teachers to enhance the learning levels of 1000 children attending 29 schools in the rural areas of Channapatna belonging to Ramanagar district of Karnataka, India. The approach looks at a capability building approach where teachers are strengthened to provide appropriate learning environments to children so that there is an overall development of their abilities in a non threatening atmosphere.
Channapatna, a block belonging to Ramanagar District is economically and educationally underdeveloped. With Bangalore being located 70 kms, many of the parents migrate to the city in search of work, taking their children with them. The learning levels of all the children are also a major source of concern. The present education system does not equip the child for life but instead prepares them to learn by rote. This especially leaves the children from disadvantaged communities to be left out.
The capability development of children in primary schools will be addressed through a child centric pedagogy. Since the focus is on development of capabilities, the progress of capabilities of each child will be assessed and supported, thereby leading to an increase in the overall learning levels. This is done through a teacher empowerment process facilitated by the teachers collective meetings that will support teachers in implementing the require classroom processes with learning materials.
The project works on building capabilities of existing government appointed teachers they will remain in these schools and if transferred will still be able to utilise the knowledge and skills that they would have acquired and impact the lives of other children as well. Through demonstrating the impact this initiative intends to bring about a paradigm shift in the perspective on learning that is existing in the present system and society at large.