Breaking the English barrier
NGO launches education initiative in rural areas
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.
“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.
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