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How Can India Become a World Leader Faster, with Children at The Wheel

What is the rationale behind the ‘Each Child, Teach Child’ campaign?

We are launching the Each Child, Teach Child Campaign on Children’s Day at the 300M Citizens’ Challenge. What is the rationale – Read on…

India is at the cusp of growth. We have a substantial population, a younger population and the world’s largest population of children under 18y of age. These children will become adults in the next decade and give wings to our dreams.

According to various research studies and surveys, there are 300 million children in schools across India, of whom probably only half can read. The other half, about 150 million, can’t. Yes, 150,000,000 children cannot read at grade level.

If India wants to take the mantle of world leadership truly, India cannot and must not depend only on only 50% of its elite children who have English-medium education. We must think bigger than that. To become a world power faster, we need a force multiplier.

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As Einstein said –  “doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is the definition of insanity,”. Yes, we need to build more schools, train more teachers, and reach out to more children. That is a given. But we must think out of the box and look at newer ways to change faster. To get the other 150 million children to grade level reading.

Making Our Children The Agents Of Change

Each Child Teach Child (ECTC) is a unique program by the 300 million Alliance, where the children 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 cannot. There are three hundred 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.

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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. We can achieve the country’s reading goals faster.

For the longest time, we have been making education more and more elite and increasingly competitive. Inadvertently we have been spreading the divide between the education haves and education-have-nots. To the extent we may have also influenced children’s thought process of being very self-centric and economical knowledge-0sharing to succeed in the hyper-competitive world.

ECTC turns this entire thing on its head. In the true spirit of what knowledge stands for, we are galvanising the change, where children will be inspired to teach those who are not as good as them. They might start with something as simple as reading a story or a book. It might be about thinking of options, asking questions, doing actions together or achieving things together.

This is what 300M/Katha’s TADAA! Stands for – where children think, ask questions, discuss, and discover new things, then act on what needs to be done and achieve something together. ECTC empowers INDIA; s children, who can be the agents of change and influence to make a difference in the lives of the children that cannot read.

This is what 300M/Katha’s TADAA! Stands for – where children think, ask questions, discuss, and discover new things, then act on what needs to be done and achieve something together.

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With ECTC, not only will the child (mentor) revise what they already know when teaching, but the mentor’s concepts become more apparent in teaching the child(mentee). Both become more effective in the thinking process. The child (mentor) also develops empathy towards the have-nots, and in the process, they learn 21st-century skills even as they do the role of the teacher. This would help them with life skills, including greater psychological well-being, more social competence, better communication skills, higher self-esteem, a sense of higher achievement, and greater productivity in terms of enhanced learning outcomes.

Soon, we will see this as a butterfly effect creating a tsunami of difference in the lives of underserved communities. At 300M, we enthusiastically seek to work with all our alliance partners to make this a reality. Ito know how you can be a part of ECTC, please visit here and write to us.

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