Each Child Teach Child (ECTC) is a unique program by the 300 Million Alliance, where the children themselves play the dual role of teacher and learner. With ECTC, we are building an ecosystem where a child who can read will help a child who can’t. There are 300 million children in India, of which 150 million (50%) cannot read at the grade level. And then there are 150 million children who can read well and at grade level.
We believe that if we can engage, enable and empower the 50% of children that can read to teach the other half, there will be a butterfly effect, and we can achieve the country’s reading goals faster.
This can even be managed in controlled environments by facilitators (from our partners) who create a conducive environment for building learner-leaders. Thus, both sets of children will build team spirit, form more supportive relationships, and develop a feeling of empathy. Children themselves will play an essential role as ripple-leader, and they will bridge this huge learning gap between haves-and-have-nots. In this process, both the learner and teacher will experience the joy of shared learning.
This process will add to developing 21st-century life skills, including –
- greater psychological well-being,
- more social competence,
- better communication skills,
- higher self-esteem,
- a sense of higher achievement,
- greater productivity in terms of enhanced learning outcomes.
How it works –
- The facilitator/ child-teacher can enrol on the portal as an ECTC facilitator.
- We will conduct regular workshops/recorded sessions, where we explain the concept in simple language to children and facilitators
- The child (teacher) will conduct regular sessions within their community/ learning settings to help other disadvantaged children.
- We would encourage the child (teacher) to maintain a record of their activities and also self-report to 300M ECTC.
- We will recognize and reward exceptional work from time to time.
- This program also encourages participation from existing partners and new partners who want to mentor disadvantaged children.
- Over time, we see this evolving into a mentoring platform where the children who can read/ capable can, in turn, are engaged, enabled and empowered those that cannot read or have learning difficulties.
The training workshop will cover
- The role of a coach/facilitator
- How to pair learning-buddies
- A learning model that covers
- Gaining Interest
- Story sharing
- Read Aloud
- Identifying Big Idea
- Retelling the story
- Doing TADAA portal activities together.
- Goal Sheets for Mentor-Mentee Children