- SSA Partnership
In its effort to reach out to every child in need of quality
elementary education, Akshara has always believed in working
with and within the government infrastructure to mass-base
change. The ARP programme has served as a dynamic platform
to evolve a unique working relationship between the various
stakeholders – the State, teachers employed by the state,
children in state run schools & Akshara (as agents of
Congruent to Akshara’s view on universalizing
elementary education, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA),
constituted by Government of India also works to provide universal
access to quality education for all children below the age
of 14 years. Similar goals led Akshara Foundation & SSA,
under the State Project Director, Karnataka to collaborate
on the Accelerated Reading Programme.
A Memorandum of Understanding
between the two partners (Akshara Foundation
& Government of Karnataka, represented
by the State Project Director, SSA) detailed
Akshara to build capacities of teachers, CRP’s (Cluster
Resource Personnel) & BRP’s (Block Resource Personnel)
through a series of training programmes. SSA’s involvement
ushered in required authenticity to ensure smooth implementation;
the partners agreed to share programme costs equally.
ARP was to be functional in two Education
Blocks – South 2 & North 2 for a period of 6 months.
This was a new leaf in the education notebook: it evolved
as the unique private (Akshara Foundation) & public (SSA)
partnership working towards a united goal of providing access
to quality elementary education for every child.
Having demonstrated the efficacy
of the Accelerated Reading Programme through a successful
in-school pilot, commenced a new chapter : 117 schools in
S2 and N2 Education Blocks came forward to implement the ARP.
The programme took shape as a joint collaboration between
Akshara Foundation and Sarva Shikshana Abhiyan under the State
Though programatically conceived by Akshara,
it was the first mass experiment to school base the reading
programme. Unlike several other education initiatives, in
this case, a development initiative complemented the existing
state infrastructure to increase the learning value. The partnership
ensured maximum outreach: it also concurred with Akshara’s
road map to institutionalize change and restore ownership
to the primary stakeholders, thus guaranteeing sustainability
of the programme.
Successfully implemented in 117 government schools across
Bangalore City, Phase 1 of the ARP has been completed.