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How Tech Empowered 1 Lakh MP Govt School Teachers to Provide Quality English Classes

Nihar Shanti Pathshala Funwala, an training initiative by Marico Limited in partnership with Madhya Pradesh Government has enriched studying alternatives for thousands and thousands of scholars utilizing a tech-led trainer empowerment program


This article has been printed in partnership with Marico.


In a number of elements of India, particularly rural areas, many college college students have a standard concern — studying a passage from their English textbooks aloud and even holding a dialog in English. It typically rouses a sense of uneasiness which stems from apprehension a couple of second language and the dearth of relatability.

A trainer primarily based in Madhya Pradesh’s Rajgarh district, Jagdish Chaurasia, recognises this concern. He has witnessed it quite a few instances in his courses the place college students, too overwhelmed by the foundations of the language, can be hesitant to pronounce even quick phrases.

“Words that ended with ‘tion’, ‘sion’ or ‘oo’ often confused the students into silence. As teachers, we tried to do our best to help them overcome that fear, but as non-native English speakers, even we had our limitations. We realised that while the rules of grammar applied to the language remains the same, what is needed is a change in the process of instruction,” says Chaurasia who teaches 20 college students from Class 1 to 5.

His level highlights the urgent query across the state of English training in India — in a world the place English literacy is more and more essential, what’s then, the answer?

And, Bhopal-based center college trainer Vishruta Singh has a solution.

“The fear is mostly because students don’t understand or relate to the words and phrases in the English language. Often they are taught a set of rules to be followed without any explanation of the ‘why’. But, there are alternative ways of familiarising them with English by making it relatable to their native language. Once teachers can break that ice and establish a channel of communication, English is no more a foreign concept,” says Singh, who teaches 83 college students, from Class 6 to 8.

A Solution for Change

A trainer of Science and English with over 20 years of educating expertise, Singh believes that this cycle of change begins with the reformation of how English language is taught.

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Echoes of this realisation impressed Marico’s Nihar Shanti Pathshala Funwala’s training initiative and the Government of Madhya Pradesh to signal an MoU to introduce a sturdy Teacher Empowerment Programme.

Singh and lots of extra academics like her have immensely benefited from the programme that goals to make the English language extra accessible than ever earlier than.

The tech-led modern initiative by Nihar Shanti Pathshala Funwala in partnership with an NGO, LeapForPhrase (LFW), is making it potential for the academics to perceive English language training in a more recent mild. The coaching not simply entails studying the strategies and clearing the fundamentals but additionally focuses on doing so in an interesting and enjoyable method. For occasion, by evaluating widespread phrases in Hindi and translating them into English, the academics have discovered it to be far simpler and relatable for the scholars, in contrast to merely memorizing them. One of many strategies of demystifying the language additionally entails engaged on pronunciations. For occasion, the approach to be taught that phrases ending with ‘tion’ and ‘sion’ typically sound as ‘shun’, barring exceptions.

Nihar shanti Pathshala Funwala is enabling this by way of ubiquitous expertise platforms like WhatsApp and Youtube, making it extra accessible to a wider community of academics. The goal right here is to democratise modern and interactive content material and educating approaches to bridge the hole of English training in authorities faculties.

“Creating a robust curriculum and devising the best teaching methods is only the first step. It is followed by the crucial- outreach to as many teachers as possible and implementation on a larger scale. And with Marico’s Nihar Shanti Pathshala Funwala’s support we have been able to do that across government schools in Madhya Pradesh,” says Ayush Jain, Project Lead – Hindi States, LFW.

Employing this mannequin, Nihar Shanti Pathshala Funwala has empowered over one lakh academics in simply two months, who in flip will profit thousands and thousands of scholars learning in authorities faculties.

Spreading English literacy in rural India

“We had a dedicated team to establish outreach in remote parts of India, but over time, the physical transit became quite tedious. It was then when we began to shift our focus online to create a bridge of social impact through technology. We began to work on several aspects like improving learning outcomes, identifying impactful solutions, efficiently using existing technologies to make the content more accessible, etc. in rural areas and connecting them to our program with just a click,” says Udayraj Prabhu, Executive Vice President, Business Process Transformation & IT at Marico Limited.

That is when the Teacher Empowerment Programme by Nihar Shanti Pathshala Funwala in collaboration with the Madhya Pradesh authorities got here into being.

“Since India is becoming a global hub it is a prerequisite for people to know and speak in English, in order to sustain and serve the job demands. Several studies also claim that English literacy ensures better opportunities and an almost 30% increase in annual income. With time it has become a crucial skill for higher education and employment and yet it continues to be inaccessible for many students in rural and remote parts of the country. Our objective through the Nihar Shanti Pathshala Funwala initiative is to fill that gap effectively,” says Prabhu.

Through the seamless use of expertise, Nihar Shanti Pathshala Funwala has been offering high quality training by way of IVR primarily based coaching modules, digital school rooms and app-based studying options amongst different efforts prior to now.

“Through technology and unique teaching methodology we provide the tools to the teachers, but it is they who then make the best use of it. And, we have been quite pleasantly surprised to see several instances where teachers went out of their way to create innovative and fun videos and content for their students, especially to help them cope amidst the pandemic,” concludes Prabhu.

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