Humana People to People India (HPPI) is a development organization registered as a not-for-profit under Indian Company Law. HPPI has over 16 years’ experience in working with socially and economically marginalized communities in diverse geographical areas.
HPPI has been working since 1998 for the holistic development of the under-privileged and marginalized people in rural and urban India through social development and poverty alleviation interventions by coordinated, strategic approaches focusing on education, adult literacy, life skills, improved livelihoods, health and sanitation, the empowerment of women and environment protection. HPPI is currently implementing over 60 projects in 10 States reaching out to more than 1 million people annually.
HPPI’s innovative adoption of technology and excellence in project implementation has earned it widespread recognition, including the Nasscom Social Innovation Forum 2016 in the area of education.
About This Cause
A strong educational foundation is a core change agent in the 21st century. The rapid changes in the socio-economic climates and shifts in employment patterns have made it pertinent for an individual to possess basic education foundation skills (the 3R's- Reading, wRiting and numeRacy) to harness the flow of information, make informed decisions and leverage better educational or employment opportunities, all of which together will contribute to better quality of life.
Recognizing the importance of strong educational foundations, and also the importance of imbuing these at an early stage, Humana People to People India (HPPI) has been working closely with State Governments and private sector partners to enhance access to elementary education and improve the quality of elementary education in schools- in line with the vision of MDG2, SDG4 and the Right to Education Act 2009.
Through years of experience with first generation learners at the grass-roots, HPPI has developed extensive expertise in the field, and has developed specially designed programmes to address the basic educational pipeline, with an aim to create impact that is measurable, scalable and sustainable.
The 3 principal programme models that address the elementary education value chain are:
a). Kadam- The Step Up Programme: is a unique accelerated learning course specially developed for out-of-school children (OOSC) to enable them to be mainstreamed into formal schools after plugging the learning deficits. Kadam combines self-navigated learning with guided learning through a active process blending theory and activity. Learning progress of the child is mapped through Steps, which are buckets of learning competencies structured according to mandated grade level competencies. Kadam is structured as a 1 year programme, and OOSC can plug up to 3 years' learning deficit in 1 year through this programme. The entire learning content and assessment tools have been developed in house by HPPI. This programme currently reaches almost 14,000 children across 4 States.
2. Kadam-LEAPe: is a programme to improve learning levels in primary schools in the country through the Kadam pedagogy. The programme is designed as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) whereby HPPI works with schools and the government school support system to improve the learning experience in the classrooms and consequently, the learning levels in the children. Low cost TLM and ed-Tech kits enhance the resources with the teachers in rural areas, and make them empowered and independent. By working closely with school support systems like CRCs, BRCs, DIETs, etc. a sustainable learning enabling eco-system is created at the local level. Currently, almost 33,000 children across 2 States are reached through this programme.
3. NeTT: is an institutional capacity building programme whereby HPPI works with State Governments to improve the quality of primary teacher training in States, as part of a strategic initiative to improve the quality of education in Government primary schools in the long term. NeTT integrates programme based methodologies in the training framework which enhance trainee-teachers' knowledge, skills, initiative and leadership qualities. A modern content management and task monitoring system called digi-TEACH is used in the process to help trainees access the latest knowledge and assess their performance. digi-TEACH has been recognized at the Nasscom Social Innovation Forum 2016 awards as a promising ed-tech solution. Currently, NeTT reaches over 4,000 trainee teachers across 4 States.
Together, these 3 initiatives aim to address the elementary education pipeline from getting children to school, improving quality of education in schools and training new teachers for the future.