HOW WE APPROACH OUR WORK
Collaborating and co-creating solutions with teachers, students, and principals has been critical in helping us build strong impactful programs.
For us, the most effective way to build relevant, state-wide capacity-building programs for teachers is to back everything we create with honest, deep evidence. We have a dedicated Learning and Insight team working through the year on improving our programs and building resources that support programs by running it through a highly immersive process. Here’s a quick breakdown of our process.
Learning about the hyper-local challenges faced by teachers
Our teams work closely with schools, principals, parents, communities and government bodies to understand the regional challenges that impact the teaching and learning experiences in government schools. The strong relationships we build with these educators are our biggest asset, allowing us to deep dive into these challenges.
FINDING BEST PRACTICES
Studying best practices across the world that are relevant to the Indian Context
We design and carry out extensive surveys to understand the key challenges on the ground. Our presence in schools gives us nuanced insights into our solutions. We also invest time in searching for practices and models across the world that are navigating similar challenges. We leverage our extended network partners and collaborators (like Kizazi, and GINTL) to introduce us to programs and teams experimenting with new, innovative models.
TEST IT IN PARTNER SCHOOLS (ACTION RESEARCH)
Receiving meaningful feedback from our partner schools
We closely work with 8 partner schools across Delhi and Uttarakhand. We implement the co-created solutions in these schools to help us re-adjust solutions to suit the contextual needs of teachers before integrating them into the state-wide programs. Every tool undergoes a rigorous process of collaboratively refining with teachers to ensure that it is adopted in the long term.
CONTEXTUALISING + CUSTOMISING
Customising and contextualising a solution for our local region that is tested in classrooms
Our program design team collaborates with teachers and principals in schools to inform the changes and adjustments being made to the shortlisted models and practices developed. The changes are based on evidence that focusses on making the knowledge more relatable and easy to absorb by our local teachers and students.
Contextualised Storybooks in Uttarakhand
Through our experiences with children in Garhwal we realised that children learn better when they read stories that resemble their surroundings and culture and are relatable to them. However, there was an obvious lack of stories from the region which could facilitate meaningful learning. Hence we set out to tell relevant, contextual and engaging stories to build English language proficiency and learn about the culture, challenges and radiance of Garhwal. Read More
“In these stories, words are such that I can read and understand them. In school, Sir picks the books and starts teaching but does not think that we do not know small word meanings so how will we understand the big words. These stories are shorter so I can understand them. These stories talk about the village but school books do not.”