Friday, January 1, 2010

Rehabilitating Street Children through Education, leveraging ICT..

Happy New Year – 2010.  In the New Year, I am working with an NGO on examining the possibility of introducing ICT in the teaching-learning process.  You may have noticed that in "3-Idiots", a Hindi movie released last week has a character called Millimetre.  The boy who plays Millimetre is a rehabilitated street child in real life.  In fact, he is rehabilitated by the same NGO that I am working with. His is a phenomenal success story, but there are millions more in India who have similar dreams but end up doing petty jobs, or as thieves or permanent beggars.
I have discovered from few interactions with the people involved in actually rehabilitating street children, that one of the important role models for the urban street child are the film actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachhan, Rani Mukherjee, Priyanka Chopra, Amir Khan, Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachhan, Abhishek Bachhan, etc.  This is because these children love watching film posters and hang around near movie theatres while begging.
Please suggest any proven strategies to design multimedia self-learning content to keep these children motivated throughout the self-learning process. We will be teaching the basic literacy skills from alphabets, words, sentence formation, numbers, counting, subject verb agreement, genders, addition, subtraction, word problems, etc.

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