Break­ing the English bar­rier

NGO launches ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tive in ru­ral ar­eas

The Hindu - - CHENNAI -

In a bid to help im­prove flu­ency in English among chil­dren across 1,000 vil­lages in the State, the Eureka Walk n Talk English Pro­gram, an ini­tia­tive of Aid In­dia, a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion work­ing on ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives was launched here on Sun­day.

Con­fi­dence boost

“The main aim of the pro­gramme is to give the chil­dren the con­fi­dence to speak in English with­out any in­hi­bi­tions. We’ve seen that a lot of stu­dents in the pri­mary level lack con­fi­dence since they grap­ple with the lan­guage and we want to show them that it is easy,” said Balaji Sam­path, sec­re­tary of Aid In­dia.

He fur­ther said that they were hop­ing to break so­cial bar­ri­ers and the in­equal­ity that had arisen due to vary­ing de­grees of knowl­edge with re­gard to English.

“Bet­ter knowl­edge and con­fi­dence will lead to bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and im­pact em­ploy­a­bil­ity of stu­dents from ru­ral ar­eas as well,” Mr. Balaji said.

Vol­un­teer tu­tors

As part of the pro­gramme, the classes will have chil­dren learn­ing English songs, and they will be made to read sim­ple words and sen­tences as well as have con­ver­sa­tions and di­a­logues in English. Vol­un­teer tu­tors will be iden­ti­fied to con­duct reg­u­lar classes by English re­source train­ers.

The learn­ing cen­tres in the vil­lages will be pro­vided with kits which in­clude au­dio con­tent, work­sheets and other learn­ing ma­te­ri­als.

V. Vas­an­thi Devi, for­mer Vice-Chan­cel­lor, Manon­ma­niam Sun­dara­nar Univer­sity said that ini­tia­tives such as these were much­needed in­ter­ven­tions in the early school­ing lev­els since there was an ob­ses­sion of sorts with re­gard to English learn­ing and English medium schools.

“This has led to many in­sti­tu­tions ex­ploit­ing the needs of par­ents, many of whom wish to see their chil­dren ex­cel in the lan­guage. We have to en­sure that ac­cess to the lan­guage is given to chil­dren in vil­lages and that they are given the con­fi­dence as well,” she said.

Jus­tice K. Chan­dru, for­mer Judge of the Madras High Court and K.S. Ra­ma­murthy, Pres­i­dent of Aid In­dia were among those who were present dur­ing the launch of the pro­gramme.

Ini­tia­tives such as these are much needed in­ter­ven­tions

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