Bridging the Gap in Foundational Literacy and Numeracy: Introducing FLN Model with Madhi Foundation

Smart Village Movement, April 10, 2024

Govt School in Meghalaya

In today’s fast-paced world, foundational learning lays the groundwork for a successful educational journey. Yet, many children across India face challenges in these fundamental skills. According to a World Bank study, over half of children under 10 struggle with basic reading. Reading fluently and performing critical arithmetic operations is essential for a Std 3 child. Still, ASER 2022 reveals alarming statistics: 80% of Std 3 students cannot read a Std 2 level text, while 82% struggle with subtraction.

Smart Village Movement recognizes the urgency of addressing this crisis. To tackle the challenge head-on, we’re partnering with Madhi Foundation, a renowned non-profit organization based in Chennai, to launch Madhi’s Foundational Learning Improvement Programme (FLIP) in 100 primary government schools in the East Garo Hill district of Meghalaya. Madhi supports the public school system, and works closely with the education ecosystem to address educational inequity. Established in 2016, Madhi has expanded its reach from 3 schools to an impressive 37,000 across Tamil Nadu by 2021. Their comprehensive model prioritizes the last-mile child, ensuring that all program design decisions revolve around their needs.

Our collaboration with Madhi Foundation aims to introduce an FLN model and curriculum to Meghalaya. By leveraging Madhi’s expertise and proven strategies, we’re determined to bridge the gap in foundational learning. This initiative holds the promise of not just improving education, but transforming the educational landscape in Meghalaya and beyond, instilling hope for a brighter future.

The urgency of this endeavor is underscored by the findings of the ASER 2022 report, which highlights deficiencies in both reading and fundamental arithmetic skills among students. The declining performance on National Achievement Surveys (NAS) further emphasizes the need for immediate intervention. As students progress to higher grades, average math scores plummet, signaling a systemic challenge that demands urgent attention. We cannot afford to wait.

Through the Madhi FLN model and curriculum in collaboration with Madhi Foundation, Smart Village Movement is poised to make a meaningful impact. By equipping students with essential foundational learning skills, we’re laying the foundation for a brighter future. But we can’t do it alone. We call upon stakeholders, partners, and individuals alike to join us in this critical mission. Together, we can empower children with the tools they need to succeed and unlock their full potential.

Join us as we embark on this journey to transform education and create lasting change in the lives of children across Meghalaya. With your support, we can ensure that every child has the opportunity to thrive and build a better tomorrow. Click here to support this project:

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