What is this program?
In contrast to the rote-learning method present in mainstream education, we at Maarga address the deficit in teaching and learning through innovative methods for children that involves play and fun. This activity-centered learning provides an immersive learning experience for the child.
How do we do this?
We establish and run play & learn centres for children who are mostly first-generation learners studying in government schools between 1st to 4th standard. They visit the centres for 2 hours for 6 days a week after their school. The mentors who conduct these play & learn activities are hand-picked from the community and are specially trained.
We evolve teaching learning materials based on the National Curriculum Framework 2005 for languages and mathematics emphasising on Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Confidence.
What do we do?
In these centres, we build the children's storehouse of vocabulary through stories, conversations, rhymes, songs, news-reading, exposure visits etc. Instead of starting with just letters, we strive to build curiosity within the child through fun activities that create a pathway to learn the meanings of words, its spelling, the context of its usage, the sounds and names of the letters, and other similar words.
Similarly in mathematics, we impart the concepts of number sense, pattern of numbers, shapes and its correlations from actual to abstract in a very methodical and experiential manner through play games and activities.
We also conduct exposure visits for children wherein their stories, experiences, and environment becomes the base of learning language and mathematics.
We currently have two play & learn centres where we work with 50 children.