Make at least one person literate by using the Global Dream Toolkit.
Make education the cornerstone of our mission, accessible to everyone.
Make a better world by bringing the people together.
F Functional Literacy, F Financial Literacy, E Entrepreneurship, E Empowerment
DEVI’s new project ‘Global Dream 2F 2E’ involves the use of innovative curriculum to give the gift of education to someone who has only dreamt of it. It has three levels for functional and financial literacy:
Level 1: Reading
Level 2: Writing
Level 3: Numeracy
All goals of functional and financial literacy are-built into these three levels. Further levels of education take a child or an adult from functional literacy to Class V level (See Backpack Project). Entrepreneurship training is also being planned. This program aims to use income generating training and opportunities to create the incentives and motivation to acquire an education.
We believe that education should address the daily challenges faced by individuals. The Global Dream curriculum goes beyond functional and financial literacy which are the first and most significant steps. They create the desire to learn more and the hope that this is possible. Combined with training in entrepreneurship, these are the first steps in a person’s empowerment process.
A Global Dream Reading Curriculum was piloted and tested at different sites in Lucknow by school children and volunteers. On the 19th of April some school children took the curriculum to a village. In an hour or so, they managed to convince 20 individuals (children and adults) to come to their school and learn from them.
The feedback from these children was so encouraging, and their enthusiasm so powerful, this led to the formation of the first Global Dream Summer Camp and to the idea that school children can, indeed, play a major role in promoting literacy.
In addition, a campaign “EACH ONE TEACH AT LEAST ONE” was launched involving school children from across the city. In the first week, more than 20,000 children were enlisted to identify and work with illiterate persons (‘learners’) and teach them how to read as their summer assignment. With 20 minutes of time per day (10-15 hours of their time during this summer), they can take anyone from complete illiteracy to being able to read a newspaper!
It has taken 14 years to come to this curriculum that makes learning to read REALLY easy for the learner. With the minimum of support from a mentor, an average child or adult (5-105 year of age!) can begin to read 2-letter words from the first session itself. With regular classes of no more than 20 minutes per day, most can master reading to the extent that they can read a newspaper within a month!
Typical school based curriculum takes a learner 3 years or more to be able to read a newspaper. The first year, children learn ‘Swar’, the next year ‘Vyanjan’ and the third year ‘Matras’. ASER Report’s latest data shows that even after five years of education till Class V, over 25% of school going children cannot read.
The fact that most learners begin to read two-letter words from the first session itself, serves as a huge motivation. They keep coming back for more. Hardly anyone drops out for long.
Underprivileged children and adults have time and place constraints and they cannot wait for three years to learn to read. This is why Global Dream is effective.
Two backpacks are being designed to meet this educational need.
After this, the learner can take the National Institute of Open Schooling at Class III and V levels, and proceed to Class VI in regular schools.