Approach

The GSK Model


GSK is developing a mechanism by which the ideas and approaches being experimented at the Uday schools can be adapted and replicated in different situations.

The Resource School – GSK's Uday schools are the resource schools of the model. The schools follow the curriculum of the Rajasthan Board of Education but the pedagogy has been evolved by GSK based on educational experiences of other organisations. GSK lays equal emphasis on the co scholastic with the scholastic. The resource school demonstrates our approach of working with children, the community, the SMC and the teachers.

Outreach – Vistaar, GSK's outreach programme is the mechanism to take the experiences from the Uday schools to 20-30 schools in its vicinity. It focuses on four pillars – working with the communities, SMCs, children who are irregular, teachers in government schools. With each of the groups, a carefully evolved set of activities are undertaken.

The Unit - The GSK unit for adaption and replication is a unit one resource school supporting 20-30 government schools.

Activities


Bal Manch

Bal Manch

The Bal Manch is a forum for children to get them excited and interested in the process of learning. Bal Manch activities begin with children who are irregular in school at the village level and encourage children to attend school. The activities then move to the school and are slowly absorbed by the school management as a regular activity of the school.

Shiksha ka X Ray

Shiksha ka X Ray

Shiksha ka X-Ray is a diagnostic tool which the SMCs uses to  assess the school, the facilities, the regularity of teachers and students and the overall performance of the school. SMCs use the tool to engage with the school management in discussing and planning programmes and plans for the school.

Chai pe Charcha

Chai pe Charcha

leading to Khane pe Charcha: Chai pe Charcha is a discussion between GSK Vistaar teams and government teachers organised as an informal meeting at a tea shop. These informal discussions have formed the basis for collaboration between the Vistaar team and government teachers. From informal discussion on schools, children and the difficulties faced by teachers, the forums are evolving into more formal need based seminars and day-long/or longer  training programmes being organised at the resource schools covering issues of learning and school management. Khane pe Charcha is a metaphoric expression saying that Vistaar teams and government school teachers are becoming better friends and willing to spend more time with each other in the interest of education. This is important for GSK as we want the government teachers to voluntarily participate in training and not forced through a government order.

Head teachers leadership training

Head teachers leadership training

GSK is working closely with Head Teachers of the government schools covered under Vistaar. The teachers went through a four-days workshop which focused on four components related to their work viz. personality development, team building and management, instructional leadership and leadership. The objective of the workshop is to enable the head-teachers shift view of themselves from mere administrators to being the leaders of their schools, working towards students' learning outcomes.

Sports camps

Sports camps

To encourage sport as a co scholastic activity and as an important part of the learning experience of children. GSK has been working with the physical training instructors in government schools to make sport a regular activity in their schools. Camps are organised to provide opportunities for children to participate and also to identify talent which can be then nurtured. Strong teams in any sport emerge from a much wider pool of children plying the sport regularly.

Children's leadership camps

Children's leadership camps

GSK has encouraged identification and training of children who show marked leadership qualities in government schools. These camps are aimed at strengthening the agency of a child so that she may become conscious, vigilant, mindful and can then take informed decisions for herself and can lead a process of change within the school.

Mathematics and Language workshops

Mathematics and Language workshops

Many children face learning difficulties in maths and language and need additional support to grasp critical concepts which they may have missed out on and which impede their abilities to move ahead. Specially designed remedial workshops on maths and language help them reenergise their learning and get back to their levels of learning. 21 workshops were held in 2016-17 in which 505 children participated.

Creative writing workshops

Creative writing workshops

Special workshops are held in government schools to provide opportunities to children to express their ideas and also contribute their writing in the children's magazine called Morange produced by GSK for children. 4 workshops were held in 2016-17 in which 164 children participated.

Library initiative

Library initiative

To promote reading and encourage children to explore the written and visual world, GSK ensures that a functioning library is established in each government school and that systems for accessing and operating libraries are evolved. GSK has so far helped set up 24 libraries.