READing Yatra is an immersive early grade reading focused multi city travel program that aims to provide an experiential learning platform for early-mid level working professionals and aspiring change makers. Yatra will help these professionals gain and share insights on successful, evidence-based innovations in early grade reading; range of existing reading methodologies and approaches for strengthening reading among primary schoolchildren; lessons on the factors critical to achieving scale and impact; an opportunity to interact with the visionaries behind the project; apart from gaining hands-on field experiences.
Through an extensive two round process of Early Grade Reading Innovation Challenges held in 2014 and 2015, READ Alliance is currently supporting six organizations that will impact the reading skills of more than 100,000 under-served school children living in the tribal districts of Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu.
Our partners come from diverse areas of work and expertise, ranging from the corporate, multilateral agencies, media houses to not for profits operating on the ground. This diversity leads to the realization of one of the most important objectives i.e. to find innovative ways of pooling resources and talents based on each partner’s core strengths.
QUEST, STiR Education, Meraki Foundation, RoomtoRead, Educational Initiatives, Agragamee, Spark the Rise, Planet Read, Karadi Path, Humana- People to People India are some of the organizations associated with READ Alliance.
Over a period of two weeks starting from 16th July 2018, READing Yatris would get an unique opportunity to visit and observe the workings of a few of these organisations.
READing Yatra provides an opportunity to understand different reading programs, share challenges and allow for cross learnings within different organizations. During the journey, the yatris would visit 5-6 intervention sites, and spend a day every site for immersive learning.
The partners with whom the selected Yatris would engage will be based on several themes which are relevant to early reading space. The themes have been identified keeping in mind how they can meaningfully contribute towards enhancing the understanding of various concepts and reading programs.
To give the yatris a better understanding on how school libraries facilitate the larger literacy program.
To give exposure about the on ground realities and issues faced by the teachers.
To give yatris a chance to know and delve deeper into the workings of the assessment system.
Mother Tongue Instruction
To give yatris a sense on the importance and relevance of instructions and their efficacy when given in regional languages.
Exposing yatris to socio-economic issues prevalent in education sector which are beyond classrooms and management.
Visit to partner sites to review selected innovations and methodologies through interviews, stakeholder meetings, qualitative observations of the model being implemented in the classroom to understand the causes of that success so that it may be effectively replicated or broad-based. The yatris will also do extensive use-case summaries and prepare documentation of the same.
*The tentative intervention sites based on the identified themes are- Educational Initiatives (Rajasthan), QUEST schools (Maharashtra), Room to Read libraries(Delhi), STiR education (Delhi), Meraki Foundation (Delhi).
A day long collaborative workshop would be held in Delhi post the Yatra field visits. This will enable the Yatris in identifying barriers to collaborative decision making and explore how stakeholders would like to work together and model new, valuable, and complementary ways of collaboration in addressing these challenges in an innovative way for early reading. The final outcome of the workshop would be a document which the yatris would prepare based on their field observations.