Akshara maps Indian schools
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Akshara maps Indian schools

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Karnataka Learning Partnership (KLP), an Akshara Foundation and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan initiative, has launched a Google-powered GIS map of Indian city Bangalore covering 1400 Government schools.

KLP had undertaken a project to improve the learning outcome among primary school children in all government schools in Karnataka. In the first phase, the programme has covered 1400 government schools in Bangalore. Simple baseline test was conducted in all the schools for students between second standard to seventh standard. It was found that out of 1,83,000 students, 46 per cent of the students were unable to read fluently. The entire information captured in the GIS map is available on the website karnatakalearningpartnership.org.

The map gives details of number of students, teachers in each school, the statistics and charts on the percentage of students who can read and who cannot read. It gives the percentage of students literacy level in each school from zero level (where the child can barely identify 25 per cent of the alphabet) to Paragraph level (here the student can read the entire paragraph). It also gives information on performance by gender, class performance, performance by medium of instruction. KLP is the space created by the Foundation along with SSS to create awareness about the literacy status among children. The GIS mapping gives a complete picture of the literacy status among the children between second to seventh standard students. Now Akshara Foundation has taken up Accelerated Reading Programme to improve reading ability of students in each school.

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