A child that falls behind by Grade 3, stays behind.
99% of the children in India are enrolled in primary schools. However, such large strides in improving child enrollment rates have no meaning if children are not effectively learning. The ASER 2018 report states that 75% of Std 3 students cannot read a Std 2 level text while 81% of Std 3 students cannot solve questions on subtraction. Research shows that addressing these learning deficits gets only increasingly difficult as the students progress through the system. This is the crux of the foundational learning crisis. Any learning gap not addressed by the Std 3 becomes nearly impossible to bridge in higher grades.
A strong focus on foundational learning is, therefore, less about teaching children the alphabet or numbers, and more about laying the foundation for a nation of independent readers, thinkers and innovators.
Ensuring access to meaningful primary education is the least we can do but the first thing we must do, for every child.
Foundational learning first, so every child can thrive.
Imagine a world where every child has a truly equal chance to achieve their potential. That is the world we dream of. The world we hope to build.
At Madhi we believe that the foundational literacy and numeracy learning gaps among children must be eliminated over the next ten years, in order to avert a monumental crisis and societal breakdown, where schooling does not equate to learning, and education is significantly devalued.
“A problem as complex as the foundational learning crisis needs a nuanced, holistic, and empathetic approach rooted in the realities of the context.”
– Merlia Shaukath, Founder, Madhi Foundation.