Tuesday, October 28, 2008

We Won!

Akshara won an award (the award website has not been updated ) for their Karnataka Learning Partnership project but since we share an office, we won! But more than the award, it's the children of Bangalore who've won and continue to win.

Here's a picture of the Akshara trustees, Rohini, Ashok, Kanchan and Suzie with the award that Ashok collected on the 20th of October at a ceremony in Chicago.



Akshara Foundation was awarded the joint gold in the 2008 Excellence in Information Integrity Awards in the Non-Profit category for it's commitment towards showing specific, quantifiable and significant benefits along with demonstrated innovation and verifiable proof of accomplishments in the education sector.

The project website is here.
Beginning three years ago, the KLP project started as an effort to capture data on a child-by-child basis and use that data to bring in remedial interventions early in the academic progression of the child and accelerate the learning outcomes of children. We recognized this need and created a comprehensive database of information covering all government primary schools in Bangalore as part of the Karnataka Learning Partnership initiative, which also has as an objective, the dissemination of information to various stakeholders. To monitor and analyze the impact of these interventions in a timely manner, there was a need for resources in terms of ICT inputs and we created a comprehensive database of children, teachers and schools, created assessment processes for Reading and Math for all children and this included conducting baseline tests, recording the results followed by interventions that need to be measured and assessed to find the effectiveness of the interventions, integrated an open source library process metrics analysis package called Koha to tracking reading progress over time and host a publicly accessible website to disseminate information to all stakeholders.
Also, do read, and subscribe, to the KLP blog here.

If you find this project of interest and would like to contribute, please leave us a comment.


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