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  project name ~ Eureka Quality Improvement Program (EQUIP) - 2007 - Regular

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  Project Name


Eureka Quality Improvement Program (EQUIP) - 2007 - Regular



AID Chennai



Education - Child



Covers 10 districts



Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved


$ 0


  Year Approved







   2   3   4   5   6   7   8  

  Chapter Coordinators


Nagendran Rangan







Children in Tamil Nadu schools reading the colorful story booklets prepared for the Padippum Iniikkum Campaign by AID Chennai.





-AID INDIA’s mission is to ensure quality education for every child. EQUIP Tamilnadu is a project initiated by AID INDIA to improve learning quality in schools and villages across the state.

AID INDIAs action plan is spread out over 7 years to bring about permanent irreversible improvements in the learning quality of children in 10 districts of TamilNadu.





- AID India has been working for the last 5 years on a number of educational initiatives across TamilNadu in the following areas:
1. Primary Education:
Improving Reading Skills of Children
Improving Basic Math Skills of Children
2. Pre-primary Education
Visual Recognition, Counting, Motor and Sensory Skills
Pre-reading and pre-writing skills
3. Secondary Education
Science Education
Math Education
Life Skills and Health Education
4. Community Initiatives and Community Learning Centers
Village Libraries and Children’s Clubs
Science and Math clubs
Support Centers and Summer Campaigns

Padippum Inikkum Reading Campaign
450,000 children in 7300 schools improved their Tamil reading skills through the Padippum Inikkum Reading Campaign. Across 5 districts, children who can read went up from 54% to 85% within 5 months of starting the reading campaign! This program was field tested in 182 schools and after that expanded to 7300 schools. This program brings about a rapid improvement the reading levels of children. This program has positively impacted about 4,50,000 children. This is both an example of the scalability of our approach as well as the measurable improvement we are able to demonstrate within a short period.

Ariviyal Anandam program
For the last 6 years AID Chennai has been developing a collection of low cost science experiments and also developing science dialogues as a way to get children to think about science concepts and to link their observations of the world around them with the science they learn at school.
Through the Ariviyal Anandam program AID Chennai has trained teachers on these experiments and provided them kits, posters and manuals to use in class. The atmosphere in these schools is completely changed. Children wait for the science class, get the kits out and do experiments on their own. In many schools children have started coming up with their own experiments!
For the first time, children are asking a lot of questions about what they see. Teachers reported that in the science exams, many students are writing answers in their own words quoting examples from the real world around them! (Usually children just memorize passages from the science textbooks and write it verbatim.) For the first time 130,000 children are realizing that Science is Real!

Eureka Village Library
AID India started the innovative Eureka Village Library “Library in a Bag” Program in 2005. Today, the library program is running in 2000 villages – reaching out to 90,000 children. The library program is a demonstration of how the community can be actively involved in the education process. It also shows how once the community is involved in education issues, they also begin to pressurize schools to deliver better quality.





Tamil Reading Campaign
2007-2008: All 1100 schools. Focus on Remedial action.
2008–2009: All schools continued. Pre-reading skills in Balwadis. Ensure children learn skills early enough.
2009-2010: Age appropriate reading skills. Reading activities integrated across curriculum.
2010-2012: Consolidate the gains.

Secondary Science Education Campaign
2007-2009: All 400 middle and high schools. Focus on Children doing science expt and conducting science melas.
2009–2011: All 400 schools continued. Focus on projects, science skills and scientific concepts. Network of children good at Science Experiments.
2011-2012: Further focus on scientific concepts even as science experiments and projects integrated into the regular curriculum. Network of science teachers.
2012-2014: Consolidate gains. Systems to continuously improve teacher’s understanding of science concepts. Systemize science exhibitions and experiments by children.

Pre-primary Skills Campaign
2008-2011: All 1160 Anganwadi centers. Focus on Visual, Math, Motor and Social skills and Pre-reading skills.
2011–2014: All 1160 Anganwadis continued. Consolidating the gains made and making measurement of children’s skill levels and activities to improve a part of the Anganwadi’s regular program. Improving quality of the centers with continuous supply of learning materials. Training and focus on more advanced skills.

Primary Math Skills Campaign
2007-2010: All 1100 schools. Remedial arithmetic intervention. Geometry and shapes skills intervention.
2010–2012: All schools continued. Systemize math skills learning from 1st standard.
2012-2014: Integrating math activities and problem solving skills across curriculum.

Secondary Math Campaign
2009-2010: All 400 middle and high schools. Math Puzzles and focus on estimation, geometry, measurement and algebra.
2010–2012: All schools continued. Focus on math skills useful in life. Use of math skills in practical problem solving.
2012-2014: Consolidate gains in basic skills. Networks and programs for children/teachers interested in advanced skills.

Primary Science Campaign
2009-2011: All 1100 schools. Introducing small science projects and observations. Focus on science reading and discussion.
2011–2014: Consolidate gains. Change science teaching system – make it entirely project and activity based.



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