Sesame Workshop Initiatives India Pvt. Ltd.

New Delhi, India   |   Non profit

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Project Name
Learn to Read - Read to Learn

Location Implemented
Bihar, India

Organization Website
http://www.sesameworkshopindia.org

Organization Type
Non profit



Challenge
Although the enrollment in primary grades and access to school is almost universal in India, the quality of education is a major barrier for achieving learning outcomes. Most children have no access to age appropriate content or reading materials other than textbooks. Teachers do not have adequate capacities for delivering differentiated teaching methodologies and the current assessments do not measure essential skills such as comprehension and fluency.

Solution
Through ‘Learn to Read, Read to Learn,’ Sesame Workshop India (SWI) in partnership with the Department of Primary Education, Government of Bihar is providing an innovative intervention in 375 government- run primary schools in 3 districts of Bihar (175 schools in Patna, 100 each in Vaishali and Bhojpur), reaching 750 teachers and 30,000 children.

The project's objectives are to improve children’s’ Oral Reading Fluency and improve teachers’ capacity to use innovative learning materials in class.

Towards the above, SWI has:
• developed and introduced 3 progressive reading cycles (of 13 weeks each),
• introduced learning tools to improve oral reading fluency,
• built capacities of teachers to use GGSS materials in the class,
• provided engaging and innovative child-based learning materials, and
• in a sub-set of 50 schools, introduced differential digital learning tools.

Dosage model: Sesame Workshop India introduced the following models for the project: Basic intervention (vanilla)--all schools have received basic intervention which includes 5 story books per child, 1 phonic phone, reading sheet and activity sheet per child, 1 story pond per class and schedule per class, 1 audio set with thumb drive per school.

Digital intervention: In addition to the above, 25 schools in Vaishali have received learning content in the form of 5 GGSS digital games, deployed on low cost tablets and GGSS audio-visual content deployed on Pico projectors . 25 schools in Patna are also receiving 5 GGSS digital games deployed on low cost tablets.

Project Reach
Schools with Basic Intervention: Scores for children from Grade 1 had improved across all main outcomes in the ACR program. The maximum improvement was in familiar word reading with a 108% improvement from the baseline scores. Scores for children from Grade 2 had improved across all main outcomes in the ACR program. The maximum improvement was in reading comprehension with a 52% improvement from their baseline scores.

Schools with Digital Intervention: Scores for children from Grade 1 had improved across all main outcomes in the ACR program. The maximum improvement was in reading comprehension with an improvement of 250% from their baseline scores. Scores for children from Grade 2 had improved across all main outcomes in the ACR program. The maximum improvement was in reading comprehension with an improvement of 111% from their baseline scores.

Overall, the digital intervention performed considerably better than the basic intervention, leading to impressive improvements in task scores. This may be because of better administration of learning material for the digital schools as a result of regular visits by the SWI field coordinator. The “basic” material was disseminated by teachers in the respective schools, leading to potential problems with non-standardization, which may have led to a lower impact both in absolute and relative terms.

Collaborators/Partners
The project has been delivered in partnership with: The Department of Primary Education, Bihar (implementation), Qualcomm – Wireless Reach (support in digital intervention), New Concepts (Research), iLand Informatics (Research) and Gramvaani (broadcast partners of additional audio content)
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