AID India is a non-profit organization,
founded in 1996, by a group of IIT and BITS alumni who quit corporate
careers to work on various development initiatives. AID India’s
education initiative ‘EurekaChild’, where ‘Eureka’ represents
the spirit of discovery, focuses primarily on education quality
improvement programs in Tamilnadu. All AID INDIA’s projects aim
to instill this strength in every child.
Over the past several years, AID India has worked with several
thousand Government schools, NGOs and village centres in over
10 districts of Tamilnadu. AID India’s ‘Padippum Inikkum’
(Meaning learning is sweet in Tamil) a Tamil reading skills program
reached out to teachers and children in more than 8000 schools
all over the state. As the next step, AID India is building on
its experience of the Eureka SuperKidz program in 500 villages
across Tamil Nadu, is now expanding its reach to work with Government
and Private schools also, to bring larger level impact in the
Learning from the ‘Padippum Inikkum’ program and demand for
a good quality education, led to the conceptualization of AID
INDIA’s flagship Eureka SuperKidz program in 2010, Eureka SuperKidz
is an innovative and sustainable village centric after-school
program, that has been focusing on learning levels of underprivileged
and marginalized children from standards 1-8. This program helps
children attain basic skills in Tamil, Math and English. Each
village has 2 tutors who take daily evening classes using specially
designed colourful and attractive materials. The tutors focus
on learning goals and measure every child’s skill through a simple
visual tool called the ‘Skill Chart’. The Skill Chart has specific
goals for each month and each child’s name attending the centre
is also mapped on it. This simple tool helps tutors focus more
on children who need additional help and support to attain skills.
Several studies have repeatedly shown that though both Government
and Private schools in rural areas have well qualified teachers,
the learning levels are quite lower than the expected levels.
This is primarily because most teachers are not able to identify
the specific areas where a child is lagging behind due to lack
of a systematic tracking mechanism that will help them focus
on these children better.
As the next step, AID India building on its experience
of the Eureka SuperKidz program in 500 villages across Tamilnadu,
is now expanding its reach to work with Government and Private
schools also, to bring larger level impact in the state.
The Eureka SuperKidz program has been especially designed integrating
the following key elements:
- Specific learning goals for every month.
- Attractive learning materials and activities in Tamil Math and English to make learning fun and interesting.
- Regular evaluation and tracking through Skill Chart to identify
and focus on children lagging in a particular skill.
- Training teachers through interactive and innovative methods.
- Village level events that showcase the achievements of children
and tutors, to promote parent engagement and community involvement.
- ‘Eureka SuperKidz’ certificates are given to all children
enrolled in the program on achieving the targeted skills in
- ‘Eureka Super Teacher’ certificate is awarded to teachers
who have been instrumental in bringing a remarkable change
in the learning levels of children.
The program will reach out to 50,000 children across Tamilnadu
in the next academic year improving their basic skills in Language