Closing the gap

Guru Krupa Foundation funds CRUCIAL TUTORING SUPPORT

Lovely was falling behind in school and her mom, Laxmi, was worried. Pandemic-related school closures meant her 7-year-old daughter wasn’t exposed to the continuous learning she needed to maintain her grades.

Lovely’s situation is not uncommon. Vulnerable groups — especially children living in slum clusters like those in Delhi, India — are highly susceptible to compromised education services due to the pandemic. Income loss, lack of technology and the limited access to internet all negatively affect the children’s ability to stay in school.

At Children International’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) in Delhi, funded by the Guru Krupa Foundation, staff realized the children desperately needed additional support. Renu, a library facilitator at the center, says that after over a year of COVID-19 restrictions “children are facing learning gaps without regular input from their schools.”

Laxmi enrolled Lovely in virtual tutoring sessions offered through the LRC. The sessions help children engage in continuous learning while improving their reading and writing skills. Children learn various concepts through videos, group activities and online assignments, which motivate the children to continue their education even during such a difficult time.

Lovely enjoyed her online sessions and agrees that they are helping her understand her schoolwork.

I learn something new every day at the tutoring sessions,” she says. “The preparation at the LRC gives me the confidence to participate in class and my teachers at school always appreciate my active participation.”

Another tutoring participant, Madvh, 11, agrees. “The sessions are helping me a lot because it covers all the topics from my school curriculum. I am performing well in school, and because of these tutoring sessions, I am able to achieve good marks.”

Laxmi is thrilled with her daughter’s progress. “I have noticed many positive changes in Lovely,” she says. “After she started attending the tutoring sessions, she gradually transformed into a studious girl. Now she has developed interest in her studies and can read, write and do mathematical calculations easily. Even her schoolteacher noticed the change, praising her efforts in her studies.”

Through its funding of Children International’s Learning Resource Center, the Guru Krupa Foundation continues to enrich the lives of children in India by providing opportunities for learning even during a global pandemic.

Early education program goes digital

The Guru Krupa Foundation also provides funding to Children International’s Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Program in India, and this year, their support has been especially critical.

Parents of children enrolled in the ECCD program were given digital preschool program content including videos, audio lessons and worksheets. Children without digital access were provided with paper worksheets to complete with their parents.

Because sponsored families were facing a severe economic crisis due to lockdowns, nutrition supplies were also provided to program participants. Together, the preschool activities, educational materials and nutrition supplements helped the children maintain their developmental progress.


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