Urban Learning Centres
Pratham establishes Learning Centres in communities where it is possible for us to find space to start one, as well as get children who can pay a nominal fee. This fee is vital in creating a self-sustaining educational facility within the given community wherein the program will have continuity in future even without external funding. Given Pratham’s focus on sustainability in educational development, it is vital that the teachers, students, parents and community members have an active stake in the program. Therefore, while the fee collected from each student is minimal, the collection goes towards giving the community ownership of the program.
These learning centres are a one or two room structure on a rental basis, where classes run from morning to evening at regular hours. In communities where there is a lack of space, satellite centres (space available for conducting 1 or 2 classes of 2 to 3 hours each) are set up. These satellite centres would be linked to the nearby main centre and would be monitored through the main centre. Capacity building conversational English classes for children as well as adults will also be conducted in the learning centres. These centres will be focused towards delivery of higher quality.
Programs conducted in the Learning Centre
Learning support classes for Std. I to VII:
Subject specific learning support classes for children from Std. V to VII are conducted within the Learning Centre. The subjects dealt with at these centres include language, math, English, science, etc. The Learn to Read and Read to Learn techniques created by Pratham are employed while teaching.
Pratham designed English conversation classes would be conducted at the centres. While these classes will primarily focus on building conversational abilities in English, they will also aid the child in negotiating grade appropriate text books in four domains.
Excellency Classes (Scholarship Classes):
These classes are conducted for Std. IV children to prepare them for the Government conducted Scholarship exam. This includes three subjects, namely, language, math and intelligence. Pratham designed curriculum, based on the Std. IV scholarship syllabus, is taught to the children.
Classes for the Pre-Primary Children (age 4 ½ to 5 ½ years):
Pratham conducts classes for children between the age group of 4 ½ to 5 ½ years to prepare them for Std. 1. Through Balwadi classes and Shishuvachan activities, Pratham creates a strong foundation among the children, thereby, enabling them to deal with the school syllabus with ease.
Classes for Std. 10 children who are dropouts and help them to appear for exam:
The Mumbai team deals with children who are drop outs and prepares them to reappear for the Maharashtra State Board conducted Std. 10 examination. This includes children from the slum communities, working/non working adults, anganwadi workers, teachers from Pratham programs, etc. Classes are conducted at the learning centres on a regular basis for duration of 3 to 5 hours daily.
The class is conducted by teachers who are trained by Pratham Master trainers. Each class runs for 2 hours. 10 to 12 communities in and around the Learning centre are covered. The remaining communities are covered with similar classes being conducted through satellite centres.