To enable rural communities to become innovative changemakers and leaders by equipping school students with 21st century skills, hence enabling them to solve their local challenges and become global leaders.
Empowering every child in the rural ecosystem by enabling them to become future thinkers, doers and leaders.
Skill in Village is an after school program for students enrolled in vernacular medium government schools. The programme focuses on grades 6th-9th (upper primary and secondary) to equip the rural students with English communication skills to begin with. Later the content is expanded to the other 3 Cs mentioned in the global P21 framework - Critical thinking, Creativity and Culture. We have improvised by not using the last C (collaboration) of the framework as it is but contextualising it to reflect the values and character students should have not only to become a good scholar but also a responsible citizen and above all a good human being.
I like learning English and Kannada. After the Skill in Villages program, I know how to introduce myself. I know conversations. I know the names of flowers, fruits and vegetables. I can also talk to my mother in English. She doesn’t know English. So, she just laughs.Sridevi, Grade 1, Ibrahimpur
I want to become a police officer. What if I am in the police station and someone talks to me in English? I should be able to help them to catch the thieves. I want to learn English.Sahana, Grade 1, Ibrahimpur
There are two types of teachers. One is a teacher by choice. One is a teacher by chance. I came here by choice. Previously I was working in the Forest Department. But I was always interested in teaching. After coming here, I found that there is a learning environment already in the school. There are good faculties. There are decent facilities. But for better results, we need programs like 'Skill in Villages'. After the program, I can see more students interested in learning English. As an English teacher, that makes me really happy. I hope the program could continue throughout the academic year than running only for ten months. That will make more impact.Manjunath, English teacher, Ibrahimpur
It is very difficult to talk to the parents. They keep asking why we are taking fees. They like the program. But they don't have so much to pay. But we try to convince them. We have a pre and post assessment. In pre-assessments, most of the students got 5 0r 10 out of 25. Now they are on a 24 or 25. Don’t you see the change?Parvathy, Cluster- Head, Skill in Village