Koppal, July 13, 2022
The CSR arm of Aequs rolls out early education support programme in twenty-five villages in Koppal District to create community ownership in children’s early-learning.
Aequs Foundation has launched the Hamara Gaon Project to impart education to children in the age group of 3-14 years in the Koppal District to create community ownership in early schooling.
Taken up in partnership with Pratham Education Foundation, Hamara Gaon will reach 5000 children over the next three years by supporting in-school and in-community components for early education. The programme will cover across twenty-five villages in the Koppal District, where India’s first toy manufacturing cluster, the Koppal Toy Cluster (KTC), is located.
The Hamara Gaon Project is implemented to support children in their early years (3- 6 years) by training children with Anganwadi workers and volunteers on early-learning activities for children. The programme will also set up Mother’s Groups to increase the participation by them.
The primary objective of the programme is to build age-appropriate skills in children. The in-school component for children in grades 1-5 addresses learning loss and focuses on foundational literacy and numeracy skills.
“In a rapidly transforming world, we believe education is the key. We at Aequs Foundation have introduced several programs that aim to help students excel in academics and extra-curricular activities for all-round development. Research has shown, and the Pandemic has proved the importance of the mother’s role in building foundational skills in numeric and reading skills. This program seeks to involve them more closely in this process along with teachers, and Anganwadi workers,” said Ms. Akkamahadevi Melligeri, Chairperson, Aequs Foundation.
Aequs Foundation and Pratham intend to create an environment that encourages both self-learning and group learning activity. Hence, Pratham team members conduct learning camps (short bursts of intense activities) in school for children in grades 3 to 5 using Pratham’s Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) methodology.
As part of the early schooling-interventions, several mother’s groups in villages get trained in teaching their children. These groups meet weekly to share experiences and discuss activities they can take up with children. Pratham team members support the Lead Mothers and the groups by periodically visiting them.
In addition, engagement kits are given to mothers as an engagement tool to support the mother-child duo. The kit comprises three components- individual pouch with materials for every child, a kit for every mother’s group at the Mohalla level, and a village level kit. The kits contain various teaching-learning materials that help children acquire age-appropriate skills.
During the Inauguration of the programme on July 9 at Koppal, several Engagement Kits were distributed to the mothers.
About Aequs Foundation:
Set up in 2016, Aequs Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of Aequs with a mandate to positively impact communities in and around Aequs’ manufacturing ecosystems. The Foundation aims at inspiring and educating underprivileged children in, Cognitive Development, STEAM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and Health Education through its various community and regional initiatives that help bring measurable and sustainable changes to the society and improve quality of life. It has particularly focused on imparting education through experiential learning and developmental activities apart from training teachers and contributing to improve school infrastructure. The Foundation runs the Anasuya Melligeri Science & Technology Centre at Hubbali to provide hands-on exposure to students in the STEM curriculum. In Belagavi it runs Mobile Science Laboratories to benefit students at government schools apart from a host of other initiatives in the two cities. To date, the CSR initiatives of Aequs, have impacted nearly 13,000 students across more than one hundred schools and villages in the Belagavi, Hubballi and Koppal regions of Karnataka.
Aequs is a diversified contract manufacturing company providing vertically integrated product solutions across the Aerospace and Consumer Goods industries. By leveraging its manufacturing ecosystems, Aequs reliably delivers supply chain efficiencies to its global customer base. Aequs currently employs over 5,000 people and operates manufacturing facilities across India, France, and the United States.
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