The second batch of our 3-month-long reading camps have just come to an end and, after analyzing the results, we are excited to share promising improvements!
For anyone that might be unfamiliar with our educational model, our reading camp is a 3-month program in which our trained teachers conduct basic Hindi literacy and math clinics for 2 hours each day in the government schools. These teachers are trained in SEEKHO's positive psychology curriculum and design thinking modules and use Pratham’s award-winning and empirically backed CAMaL method. They teach basic math and Hindi competencies to below-reading level students in grades 1 through 5 in government schools. The goal of the program is to bring students up to at least a second grade level in math and Hindi, since currently only 47% of fifth graders in India can read at a second grade level.
We were looking to build off the tremendous success of our first reading camp held at SEEKHO facilities in 2013, in which we were able to bring roughly 70 students up to the prescribed grade level comprehension. With that being said, we trained 11 additional teachers and expanded beyond SEEKHO facilities to 10 government schools. With this program we were able to reach almost 400 new students. After collecting and analyzing pre-camp and post-camp test results, we are excited to express that we have seen amazing quantitative increases in both Hindi comprehension and Math skills development in our students. The results of the programs are presented and described below.
Reading Camp Data: Mathematics
After attending our reading camp, 99% of the students increased their level of mathematics comprehension. Second-grade level comprehension is defined by the Indian government as being able to do simple addition and subtraction. Our data reflects that prior to the reading camp only 65 out of 366 students tested above this level. However, after the reading camp, nearly 200 students tested above this level!
Reading Camp Data: Hindi Comprehension
This graph reflects the pre and post test for Hindi comprehension. Before attending our reading camps a staggering 42% of the students could not even recognize letters and none could read a paragraph, let alone story. After the reading camps, 85% of our students had made progress and 32% were now capable of reading paragraphs and stories!