Curriculum

Curriculum:

From the dynamic laboratory of the Aksharavani School has emerged a model for emerging migrant schools across the country, and the curriculum presented on this page offers a pedagogical framework for anyone seeking to start or reestablish a school in a social or economic situation that doesn’t provide sufficient resources for sustaining such a school, such as in a migrant community setting.

Curriculum specifics:

  • Built in progressive, month-long modules for adaptability to a changing schedule and mobility for changing locations
  • Emphasis on activity-learning, through educational activities, art projects that incorporate vocabulary, extra-curricular activities, lessons on hygiene, and a Final Showcase of what students have learned through the year.
  • Covers English, Mathematics through multiplication and short division, Basic history and geography, and contains provisions for a non-English language (or two, if the site calls for it)–in our curriculum, Telugu
  • Split into three knowledge-levels rather than age-based grade levels: level 0 for very young children aged 0-2 with close to no background knowledge of the material, level 1 for children aged 3-6 with an awareness and initial understanding and material, and level 2 for children aged 7-13 who have a basic knowledge but may not have a comfortable or confident grasp on that material or more intermediate material.
Note: Please keep in mind that this curriciulum is a work-in-progress. This means both that we are continuously working to improve it, and that it will not be a perfect model at any time and for every setting. Please check back for news on curriculum updates, and contact us with any comments, questions or suggestions.

Credits and Acknowledgements:
Primary Authors: Sonam Aidasani and Katia Griffin-Jakymec
Special credit goes to Dr. Vidya, who graciously contributed her extensive education expertise and experience, so much material, and many of the ideas that appear in this curriculum.

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