Eureka Walk 'n' Talk
Over last 20 years AID India has worked to improve learning quality of children through initiatives with schools, village communities and various grassroots organizations. Walk 'n' Talk is an after-school program implemented in village that aims to improve children’s fluency in English including vocabulary, sentences, and ability to engage in common conversational topics.
Walk 'n' Talk currently impacts close to 50,000 children from standards 3-8 in around 1000 villages. A locally appointed and trained tutor teaches daily classes that utilizes attractive charts, workbooks, incentive cards, stickers and small gifts including
the a Skill Chart to track skills over time. Weekly role plays and events are held in the community to give children the opportunity to showcase skills.
- Identify and train local volunteer tutors to conduct regular classes
- Conduct on-field (monthly) training for tutors on content, methodology, learning goals and assessment techniques
- Provide learning resources - audio content, charts, posters and per-child workbooks, diaries and skill tickets
- Define Learning Goals for each term, assessment tools and skill charts to measure progress
- Hold daily classes, weekly role-play and showcase activities, and Walk ‘n’ talk rounds in the village to speak English in the community
- Hold end-of-term Validation Events and Skill Festivals to provide certificates to children and tutors
- Provide quarterly incentives and awards to tutors who have helped children acquire the targeted skills
Sinchan is a shelter for children of sex workers in the South Parganas, West Bengal. Sinchan is one of the many projects coordinated by Nishtha, an entirely community-based grass-roots level women’s organization started in the 70's that works for the empowerment and development of down trodden women living in the rural areas of West Bengal.
With the support of ASHA and AID, it has been functioning as a day shelter since 2010. Sinchan is currently providing protection, relief and ensured essential rights for the children (ages 3-14 years) who are a part of the shelter.
- To ensure the children of sex workers become well adjusted by providing protection and shelter during day, formal education and access to resources that ensure healthy habits.
- To provide a conducive atmosphere for children born to commercial sex workers by keeping them away from abusive language, running errands to get liquor and drugs, physical abuse, and above all, a safe environment for joyous learning.
- To ensure education of these children through formal schooling.
- Running a full fledged preparatory centre for the children of the Baruipur red light area in Nishtha’s safe shelter.
- Arrange special coaching/tuition for the high school aged children and prepare them for their school work.
- Ensuring retention and regular attendance of the school-going children.