A key challenge for early literacy programming in India is to articulate conceptions of literacy that place a high value on children’s oral language skills, and yet develop a strong foundation on reading and writing as part of the mainstream public schooling. In recent years, some efforts were taken to address issue of early literacy like a pilot reading initiative led by NCERT, formulation of Padhe Badhe Badhe Bharat programme and formulation of early childhood care and education policy.
CARE India conceptualized a comprehensive early literacy programming especially reading with comprehension abilities of children. The programming was done with over 1000 schools and 96 clusters of 8 districts of Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. The project worked with over 3000 teachers and 1,38,000 children. Four years of programming, implemented with the support of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan- Odisha and Uttar Pradesh, has shown positive results in the areas of enhanced reading skills of children, classroom practices, teacher development approach and availability of contextual and bilingual children reading resources to support classroom processes.
In this context, we organised a two day sharing workshop in partnership with Tamil Nadu School Shiksha Pariyojna Parishad. The key objectives of the workshop are:
1. To share approaches and elements of early literacy strategy
2. To present evidences and impact of a comprehensive early literacy strategy of CARE India
3. To develop an action plan for early literacy programming in Tamil Nadu
It is envisaged that it will influence early literacy programming in the state to ensure all children at primary level acquire essential skills of reading with comprehension.
Nature of Participants: The key participants of the workshop may be State Council of Educational Research and Training,Tamil Nadu School Shiksha Pariyojna Parishad – education functionaries and administrators from state and districts. It might be important to engage state level resource group of early literacy in the workshop.
Format: One Day: presentation, panel and group work.
Venue: Vestin Park, Egmore