What has been lost may not be fully regained, but Akanksha educators are working hard, as always, to build something newer and better in its place.
With your help, students CAN get back on track to learning at their grade levels and maximize their potential. Your contribution will support our package of evidence-based best practices.
Why Join Akanksha for this Campaign?
About 1.6 billion children worldwide, including around 250 million in India, endured school closures during the Covid-19 pandemic. (UNICEF) Recent estimates suggest that in the first 23 months of the pandemic, students globally may have lost about eight months of learning, on average. Some regions like South Asia have seen the longest school closures (full or partial) of around 75 weeks and experienced greater learning loss with students thought to be behind more than a year. In India, specifically, the learning delay is estimated to be one of the highest at 12 to 14 months. (McKinsey & Company, 2022). Akankasha has seen a 10 -12% drop in literacy and numeracy scores in students across all grade levels from before and after the pandemic.
Bridging learning gaps is possible if educators, parents, policymakers and others join ahead to quickly fortify children’s education and well-being. Educating a young person is the single most impactful development investment you can make, benefiting the individuals, their families, communities and country. Join us today and help students achieve their potential!
What is Akanksha’s Package of Best Practices for Addressing Learning Loss?
- Mental Health, Arts and Sports Therapy: Akanksha believes in integrating creative activities like dance, sports, music, and visual arts with core academics as a strategy to increase self-awareness and self-worth and decrease stress and anxiety relating to the pandemic and its related stressors.
- One-on-one extended learning: Research has shown that one-on-one help is one of the most effective strategies to help students overcome learning loss. Akanksha is employing an all-hands on deck approach, ensuring that tutoring can come in the form of trained specialists and educators, current and former teachers, teachers aides, volunteers and other paraprofessionals. All Akanksha staff have made a commitment to tutoring students once a week.
- Personalized digital learning: Akanksha is employing a thoughtful blended learning approach that includes a combination of online and offline learning sessions to provide extended learning. Award-winning global learning apps are leveraged to help students improve their math and reading skills.
- Personalized learning plans for parents and children. Akanksha offers a deep level of education to help families support student learning. This is critical as many parents may not know how to identify or address learning loss in their children. We work with parents to develop strategies and goals that work for each individual child and family.
- Peer-to-peer empowerment: Akanksha believes that student empowerment is the key to addressing learning loss and that young people, themselves, must be drivers of change. We have developed programs where older students help younger students in math and english, and student alumni are returning to volunteer with older children.