PROGRAM M ES @ ED SUPPORT Why Ed Support? The Ed Support programme began as Project Connect, our flagship initiative aimed at improving English language skills among children in shelters. For children living in orphanages or street shelters who mostly attend vernacular medium schools, acquiring a working knowledge of the English language is a huge challenge. Project Connect operated on the rationale that a student?s confidence and employability increases considerably if he/ she can communicate effectively in English.
How Ed Support works Through Project Connect, we began offering the internationally acclaimed five-level Cambridge English for Schools (CES) curriculum to children in shelter homes. The curriculum is delivered by high potential volunteers who are recruited, provided with professional teacher training and empowered to be both teachers and positive role models. Tailored for children who are 9 years and older, this 5 year curriculum is implemented with periodic tracking of each child?s progress and regular impact measurement through standardized tests. Our teachers typically handle a class size of 10 students and are required to commit to taking classes for a period of one year. Ed Support operates on a teacher-child ratio of 2:5. Ed Support Impact 2013-14
Children in our Ed Support programme
Average score increase for children who show improvement
2,126 Volunteer Teachers in Ed Support
3,40,160 Percentage of children showing improvement in scores
Hours of teaching time
What's Next? The Ed Support programme continues to evolve based on our experiences on the field. Our most significant strategic decision for the next year is to gradually move away from the CES curriculum delivery and focus on improving the overall learning environment. While we will continue providing support for the CES Level 3 and Level 4 classes, in 2014-15, the Ed Support Programme will be re-conceptualized as a subject focused programme which will work towards helping our children attain the necessary certification and skills to pursue higher education in a field of their choice. We hope to achieve this by providing our children with a trained teaching volunteer who will provide them with guidance and necessary after-school support in subjects such as Math, Science and English, in line with their school curriculum. 15