The Virtual Classroom Learning Program (VC-LP) is a school education initiative for children in primary and secondary grades in government and government aided schools.
The objective is always to provide good teachers to multiple schools at remote locations through the Virtual Classroom Learning mode. The method of teaching is geared towards ensuring that the student has a much better understanding and grasp of the subjects.
The program provides ‘tuition classes’ in subjects of English, Mathematics and Sciences to students in grades 9 and 10, and is school curriculum based. A VC-LP is conducted amongst a cluster of schools, where teaching is done at one central school (Studio School) that is connected, through the internet system, to a network of other schools (Receiving Schools). Sessions of the teacher at the Studio School are watched live by the students in the Receiving Schools. An typical cluster consists of 1 Studio School and 10 Receiving Schools.
The software enables these sessions to be recorded and these recorded sessions can be watched, later, as ‘revision learning’.
The Foundation’s VC-LP covers 11 clusters of schools. These clusters have over 100 government schools and in excess of 10,000 students in grades 9 and 10 in the districts of Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Tumkur, Mandya and Bengaluru. We will, shortly, set up a cluster in Uttara Kannada in the new academic year. This cluster will be in the Kannada medium, starting with a school in Karwar. Typically, these class sessions are conducted an hour before and an hour after the regular classes held by the school.
‘Spoken English’ classes are conducted for students of class 5, 6 and 7 primarily to improve their English communication. This program also uses the virtual classroom technology and this cluster has one studio school connected to 7 receiving schools.
Government school teachers are provided with teacher-training sessions as well on how to make use of the VC-LP sessions more effectively for their regular classes.
NGOs who focus on children with special learning needs are also provided with funding
Sri Vaishnavi Special Education Academy run a day care centre for mentally challenged children in the age-group 6 years to 21 years. Currently there are about 30 children studying in this Academy. The children are taught daily ways of life through singing, dancing, art and craft. They have also participated in sports events for the mentally challenged and have won prizes.
Sambhav Foundation is a school for the mentally challenged. 80 such students who hail from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, are supported by the Foundation. The adolescents and adults are also provided with life skills and vocational skills training.
Indian Red Cross Society Residential School for Speech-Hearing Impaired, Tumkur – By providing group hearing aids, the Foundation has inducted the students into the virtual classroom network in Tumkur.