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Home as a learning space

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Learning beyond the classrooms – Home as a Learning Space

During the COVID-19, "home" became a catalyst in a child’s learning journey. Room to Read India launched Home as a learning space (HLS), with support from UNICEF an innovation to transform the lives of young students in remote areas of Rajasthan and Jharkhand, in support of UNICEF. 30,000+ learning kits were given to primary school children from 25,000 families between October 2021 to May 2022.

HundrED 2024


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HundrED Global Collection 2024

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Target group
Students early
August 2023
“To acknowledge, encourage and establish home as a learning space, create strong school-community linkages and help the community focus on supporting the larger learning ecosystem for overall development of the children in primary grades." To support inculcation of skills like observation, problem solving, deeper thinking, oral language development, listening comprehension, basic phonics at home.

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

COVID-19 pandemic triggered sever learning loss due to school closure. Parents from marginalized communities had low levels of literacy and were engaged in daily wage livelihood leaving them with little time to support their children's education at home. HLS facilitated by parent and family, aimed to support children with self-learning resources enabling them to continue learning at home.

What does your innovation look like in practice?

The program was designed to be simple, age-appropriate, using a blended approach that keeps children engaged and interested in learning at homes. Implementation strategies differed between Rajasthan and Jharkhand. While Rajasthan adopted a volunteer-led delivery where volunteers were trained to support parents regularly through community level learning sessions and help decoding learning activities, in Jharkhand, government schoolteachers reached out to parents during PTA, SMC meetings and home visits. The activities were engaging and helped parents, especially mothers, realize that learning is much more than only being able to read and write. Resources like parents’ calendar helped mothers to keep track of their children’s progress, keeping the focus centered on children’s continued learning. Internal monitoring report suggested that about 90% of the parents helped their children in completing worksheet activities at home, thus, increasing parents' ownership of their children's edu.

How has it been spreading?

The HLS program in its pilot phase shows a positive influence in both intervention states. Parents, who once considered children’s education limited to schools, began realizing their roles and responsibilities in this educational journey.
In Rajasthan, internal monitoring report indicated 80% increase in parents regularly reading stories and engaging with children based on the content received from school.
In Rajasthan, the Department of Education plans to regularize volunteer engagement to support different education projects implemented at the schools. In Jharkhand, the Education Department has already translated the parent activity calendar in 5 local languages (viz. Kururkh, Khariya, HO, Mundari and Santhali) and printed those for distribution to over 27 lakh children.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Broader Step can be taken
- Socio economic analysis of community is required.
- Contextual materials to be prepared.
- Can be multimodal products
- Intense implementation and supportive monitoring mechanism
- Program Monitoring and documentation of learnings and sharing with different system stakeholders

Impact & scalability

HundrED Academy Reviews

This innovation helps shape society's view on education. It is doing so by making the community actively participate in a child's learning process, which will make society understand the importance of getting educated.

Home as a learning space (HLS) is an innovation that aims to transform the lives of young students in remote areas. This can be done with the partnership of the parents in using the resources for the learning of their children.

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Implementation steps

A) Socio economic analysis of community/geography
Collection of community profile is an essential step towards the plan and execution process
Selection of Volunteers
Aligning with local government systems
B)Objectives and Strategies based on SWOT
Objectives and Strategies should be based on SWOT of context and capacity of the organization. With the alignment of your larger visions, it is needed to set up core objectives of your intervention. What you want to achieve through this intervention based on strength, duration, and context of geography. Specific intervention strategies and outcome indicators will be formulated for further implementation with the realistic timelines.
C)Quality implementation and supportive monitoring
Intense onsite support and strategies will be implemented as per the plan. Monitoring and support/ tracking should also be done in parallel. In this step strong capacity building and meaningful linkage with stakeholders (internal and external) are also very important
D)Program Evaluation and documentation of learning
Based on the set timeframe, the entire intervention process should be concluded with program evaluation phase. It is also necessary to document program learnings and integrate it into further planning and communication strategies.

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