What is Saksham?
Saksham is QUEST’s level based programme for children in post-primary grades (middle school and secondary school).
The need: It is an oft-repeated finding that in India, several children in higher grades are unable to read and write because the basics of literacy have not been mastered even after primary schooling. The situation in mathematics is not much better. The ASER Report 2013 tells us that 40% of 5th grade students can't read 2nd grade Marathi text and more than 82% students from 5th grade can't solve 3rd grade simple mathematical problem.
The Solution: Saksham is QUEST’s solution to this problem - a level-based math and literacy programme for children in higher grades (Grades 4-7). It involves providing need-based inputs to children in an accelerated manner so that their basic mathematical and literacy competencies are enhanced and they are able to cope better with their studies independently. The complete teaching-learning cycle under Saksham is of 18 months, but many children do not require the full extent of remediation and exit the programme much earlier. It involves a collaboration of QUEST’s Shikshak Mitras and the regular school teachers of the students.
Interventions under Saksham
1. A comprehensive literacy programme implemented in a need-based manner
2. A comprehensive mathematics programme implemented in a need-based manner
3. Diagnostic literacy and mathematics tests for children (for teachers’ use)
4. Workshops for teachers on literacy pedagogy and mathematics pedagogy
5. Sustained onsite support to teachers in their classrooms
6. Active library programme for all children
To date, QUEST has reached 1200 children and 35 teachers through Saksham. Saksham has been tried out in 3 districts of Maharashtra.
Impact of Saksham
Following graphs illustrate the positive impact of Saksham on learning of girls in KGBVs in Jalna: