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PCMC ropes in Mumbai NGO to help government schools

Saturday, 28 June 2014 - 8:17am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Pune: To identify students with learning weakness and help them advance in their academics, Pimpri Chinchwad Municiapl Corporation (PCMC) is roping in a Mumbai based NGO to provide them with required intervention to help address absenteeism, drop-outs and lack of interest in class, among students in their municipal schools.

The PCMC Shikshan Mandal is collaborating with Mumbai based NGO, Save The Children India (STCI), wherein STCI has agreed to run their pilot Study Centre project for next three years. Through the project, std I to V students with learning weakness will be identified and using their Accelerated Learning Module (ALM), ensure that children are brought back to their age appropriate grade levels.

Head (Education) at STCI, Sushila Shastri said that this is their first tie-up outside Mumbai and the project will be run free of cost for selected 25 PCMC schools during the school timings. "Our aim is to help school children whose grade level competencies are below their age appropriate grade level advance in their academics. Students who are academically backward and suffer from lack of confidence are at risk of dropping out," she said. She said that their ALM has been developed to help address the problem and its implementation will be done in Marathi, for language, and math from 1–5 grade.

A demonstration and presentation of the ALM was held by STCI team on Friday, for the PCMC Shikshan Mandal officials. Chairman of Shikshan Mandal, Fazal Dastgir Shaikh, talking of the three years agreement, said that for the first year STCI teachers will run the study centre project at the selected 25 PCMC schools. The second year the SCTC team will train the teachers at the municipal school on various modules of ALM and the third year the PCMC school teachers will run the project on their own.

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