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Let the children be the drivers of their own learning.

Kadam - The Step Up Programme

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Kadam - The Step Up Programme is a comprehensive set of tools and techniques to enable children to close their learning gaps, and for teachers to guide and facilitate the learning process. Each child is assessed to determine his/ her entry point with age as the determinator for achieving learning level goals. Continuous assessment system is integrated as participatory part of the learning system.
CEO, Humana People to People India. Chairman Humana People to People
With distinct identity and commitment, Kadam brings a sense of importance for education in learners and a sense of responsibility towards education among all those involved in the process of learning.

CEO, Humana People to People India. Chairman Humana People to People


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500 000
Updated on January 7th, 2022
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Why did you create this innovation?

With the Right to Education Act 2009, schooling for age 6-14 years became compulsory in India and required collective efforts of State, community and other organizations to bring children under the umbrella of mainstream education as a large population of children was either out-of-school or on the verge of drop-out. To address this, Kadam was developed by HPPI as a learning enhancement program.

How does your innovation work in practice?

The focus of primary education in India is multifold and Kadam helps in:
1. Catering to a large number of children for age appropriate school integration
2. Providing a methodology that works in a developing country as average educational cost per child is less
3. Providing simpler tools to achieve learning progression because of limited internet accessibility in many areas
4. Catering to multi-graded classrooms where children are at different learning levels
5. Providing accelerated learning to bridge learning gaps wherein core competencies are addressed to build a strong foundation to further learning
6. Aiding to holistic development of children for their cognitive progression and socio-emotional well being
7. Including experiential learning for real life and long lasting learning
8. Provision for peer interactions for building teamwork
9. Instilling learning ownership in children to develop responsibility for learning
10. Providing adaptive assessments which are individualized

How has it been spreading?

Kadam's teaching-learning strategy has been adapted/ adopted by primary school teachers in Indi to plug the learning gaps in children to achieve age appropriate learning. The flexibility in the Kadam model is instrumental in its varied implementation which has been found to be advantageous for children who:
*Have no access to education
*Have access to schools but are not enrolled
*Are enrolled in schools but do not attend regularly
*Have dropped out of schools
*Are in regular schools but do not have age appropriate learning level

Since 2014, Kadam has been successfully implemented in 9 states of India, and catered to the learning needs of more than 150,000 children.

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

1. Obtain the Kadam toolkit
2. Understand how the Kadam methodology works
3. Use the tools and techniques with children as suggested in the programme model - some tools are for children while others are for teachers
4. Get accurate results of the baseline and end-line assessments
5. Enter data on MIS on regular basis
6. Involve parents and community members during the entire learning process


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September 2021
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