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Chinnara Ganitha

Overview

Evidence shows that too often children leave school without acquiring the basic knowledge and skills they need to lead productive healthy lives and for attaining sustainable livelihoods. (Excerpt from Learning Metrics Task Force Report – UNICEF). Critical gaps in learning include language and numeracy skills.


About The Program


Biocon Foundation tries to plug the gap in math education through the Chinnara Ganitha Math workbook. This workbook tries to approach math through activities and games, and it tries to inculcate self-reliance in the children. From 2006, Biocon Foundation has distributed these workbooks to children in government schools in Karnataka. These children are the most underserved and they learn under very challenging conditions.


The aim behind this program is to:

  • Make math learning simple and fun for children from I to VII Std.
  • To help teachers explain the subject in the simplest and most effective way possible
Students with Chinnara Ganitha-fun with math book


Chinnara Ganitha books are distributed in 1407 govt. schools from Std. I - Std. VII. Total number of books distributed for 2014 were 1,10,214. The operational areas for this program include Coorg, Mandya, Badami, Kaladgi, Dandeli, Anekal, Kalkunte, Chikkaballapura, Joida, Haliyal and IISc schools.


Highlights


In June 2013, Biocon Foundation, Pratima Rao, an eminent education expert and author, along with Macmillan India, launched the Chinnara Ganitha Teachers’ Training Programmes in the Taluks where the books were distributed. 

Orientation programs for 300 teachers across districts were conducted, in order to ensure that the children receive maximum benefit from our program. Well known teachers in the field of Mathematics were used as resource persons for the orientation. Several tips with experiments were shared with the teachers on how to make Math class an interesting period for the children.


 
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