"Teachers, government teachers
– both are to blame. Teachers are burdened by the department;
they are involved in too many extra duties – so their
motivation to run such program is low. But on the other hand,
even teachers have stopped performing their primary duty with
integrity & sincerity."
- Director for Public Instructions (Primary)
Dept. of Education, Government of Karnataka
ARP has really helped our children. The time we give for the
child to imagine the story has been useful;the child is now
more eager to speak and, expressherself. This has improved
their vocabulary and communication skills.”.
- Vanajakshi, HM, GKHPS, Hosagurudahalli
“ARP has benefited
our children. Children are learning. They have really liked
the reading cards. The methodology is simple and the story
cards are very attractive. How about converting the entire
textbook into a set of cards? Make them 4 page cards with
a centre fold, wherein the first 2 sides contain the story,
and the next two sides are worksheets. Upto class 4 this can
be done easily. This will also save the children from carrying
heavy loads to school…they will have to bring the card
pertaining to the lesson planned for the day.”
- Chandrashekar, Senior Teacher, GKMPS, Hosahalli
more confident now. When a child learns to read, the boosted
self-confidence reflects in the general behavior of the child.
This programme has made them realize their learning potential.
They pay better attention to normal classes also. When children
understand, it’s easier to make them concentrate on
Majula, teacher, GKHPS, Jakkarayanakere
it was very difficult to make teachers accept the programme.
They were not willing to spend separate time for ARP. When
we visited schools, we enquired about the programme; made
them feel it is important. Also our BEO kept asking us how
the programme was going. Overall there was a certain pressure
from our (department) end to make the programme succeed.”
Ravindra, CRP, S2 block, Dept. of Education,
Govt. of Karnataka
cards are very good – colorful, & striking. Our
children are very happy to receive the cards. Because of the
ARP class in the afternoon, children stay in the school the
entire day. Attendance has improved. The stories relate to
our daily routine; children find it easy to understand. They
also impart moral lessons.”
V. Manjula, GKMPS, Attiguppe
programme is just the beginning. We should retain the interest
generated by dedicating 2 classes a week exclusively to reading
activities. Ultimately it is our responsibility to make children
read. Unfortunately we have fallen short in the last few years.
The ARP has re-focused attention on reading & learning.
This is a welcome change in the government system.”
Yashodha Bopanna, BEO – S2 bock, Dept. of Education,
Govt. of Karnataka
“The ARP has
benefited our children. We should now focus on making this
programme reach every child in our state. All children will
only be helped not harmed by such a good programme.”
C B Jairanga, BEO N2 Block, Dept. of Education, Govt.
“This is first
time that an NGO initiative has been so widely accepted by
our government teachers & implemented well. The results
speak for themselves. The programme is here to stay.”
DPI – Primary, Dept. of Education, Govt. of
"For a teacher,
it is best satisfaction when a child is able to read. Earlier,
we had so many children in one class; we could not focus individually
on children who were slow in reading. This program has really
helped these children. Such program will make children interested
in studies, as they start understanding/following lessons
taught in class."
Parimala, teacher, GLPS, Anandrao Circle
"In our school,
most of the children are from Tamil background. They were
not interested in Kannada, as they did not understand the
language, could not read it. Now, with the ARP, they have
started picking up letters & words; some of them are even
teaching their parents how to read at home."
Khurshidunnisa, teacher, GTLPS, Chamrajpet