Improving Learning Outcomes (ILO 200) is a pioneering initiative designed by Indian Women and Child Welfare Trust, recognizes the nation's concern of improvement of learning outcomes and universalization of elementary education as of paramount importance, and strives to bring the deprived and marginalized, out-of-school and educationally backward children in urban slums under the safety net of education through an innovative approach. For thousands of the poverty-stricken children in urban slums, quality education is a distant dream. ILO -200 aims to make this dream come true, bringing a significant upliftment in the lives.
ILO -200s from an earlier initiative called Padho aur Badho, but with a more focussed approach to learning outcomes. It aims to impart cluster-based remedial or supplementary education to primary school children showing low learning achievements. The project adopts a unique, scientific approach in both pedagogy and teaching methodology, which has been hailed as one of the best practices for improving the learning outcomes of children in primary schools. Project-based learning (PBL) methodology is combined with multiple level reinforcements to address the root cause of low learning outcomes - parental ignorance and social backwardness. The approach and methodology, not only ensure that children learn well, but also create required environment for them to imbibe the concepts and subjects being taken up in the class.
With a door-step approach, ILO -200 reaches out to the hard-to-reach pockets in urban slums having the largest concentration of educationally deprived children. Besides access to quality education as a core objective, the intervention adopts a holistic development approach and tries to remove all barriers which cause educational exclusion of underprivileged slum children. An intervention for economic empowerment of mothers is also dovetailed with the programme which tries to remove the biggest barrier, poverty, through provision of skill development and income generation. In addition, moral education, healthcare, personal hygiene, art and craft, sports and cultural enrichment are provided through various activities in-built in the curriculum. The programme has been hailed as one of the best practices to bring universalization of elementary education for deprived children in the unreached pockets.
The project targets retention and age-appropriate learning outcomes for children residing in urban slums or rural areas through provision of non-formal remedial learning centre which follow a hub and spoke model. With a shift in focus from schooling to learning, ILO centres serve as a critical interface between the child and the government school and provide support and quality learning opportunities to thousands of poor children who are not able to cope up with studies and face the threat of dropping out. The project has so far helped more than 30,000 poor children living in nearly 200 slums of Delhi achieve better educational status.
The present proposal is to cover a cluster of 200 poor and educationally backward children in Vikas Puri Slum of New Delhi.