EQFI and Learning Links Foundation implemented the English Access Microscholarship Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The programme aimed to provide a foundation of the English Language skills for 14-18 year old students from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive summer activities. There was also an attempt to ensure that students develop basic computer skills that will help them in their daily life. The cultural enhancement activitieshelped students gain an appreciation for the US culture and democratic values.
Implementation of the programme was done through various activities, such as poetry sessions, celebration of occasions and festivals, debates, movie screening, community service programme, interaction with authors and professionals etc. The idea behind various activities and celebrations was to provide students with opportunities to enhance their personality.
The overall objective was to make students good communicators and community thinkers. Teachers used a holistic approach in the classroom to ensure that students not just became proficient in English, but confident and expressive too.
The programme impacted 103 students in 4 schools.
EQFI undertook a number of projects in the field of teacher training. The first Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) manual prepared by the Central Board of Secondary Education was put together under the guidance of senior members of EQFI.
EQFI trained 100 principals to implement CCE in their school using the manual through workshops. These principals later became master trainers, and carried out trainings all over India.
The Foundation also conducted several training programmes on CCE, in collaboration with Learning Links Foundation and The Center for Innovation and Research. In addition to this, EQFI delivered training on assessment (formative and summative) procedures to primary and secondary level teachers through workshops on English language and citizenship. Workshops on leadership were also conducted for principals.