Hyderabad : India Literacy Project, a volunteer based non-profit organisation dedicated to the cause of literacy in India, in collaboration with ECHO India has come forward to train and mentor teachers from 20 Govt schools in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam under Project ECHO. 

The pilot programme initiated on Saturday aims to facilitate capacity building of teachers through mentoring using technology. The first session of the six-month long programme for the teachers from Hyderabad was held today in Gachibowli.

Under this programme, school teachers will be mentored on a regular basis for developing English& Math skills for young children. The mentoring will be done in the school premises by regular teleconferencing twice a month (two each for Reading & Math), at a fixed day and time. 

The programme also proposes to evaluate the skill levels of students (as well as the teachers) at the start of the Programme and at the end of the same. Duration of this programme will be six months (October 2016 – March 2017).

Speaking about the programme, Manmohan Jain, Chairman, Board of Trustees, said that “ILP is providing the necessary infrastructure required such as laptop with webcams and broadband connection in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam for Project ECHO. On the other hand, ECHO India is conducting mentoring sessions for the teachers.

We look forward to positive change from the programme so that the students of govt school get the maximum benefit from this effort. We plan to scale up the programmeme to all the govt schools across the states upon the success of pilot programme.”

ECHO India has already tested the model in a Pilot Project involving 15 schools, facilitated by Venkatesh Trust, Gurgaon and has seen a tremendous positive response and some significant outcome.  A team of mentors of ECHO India from Delhi have participated in the orientation programme conducted for the teachers today. 

Teachers from following school are being mentored under the programme in Hyderabad;Kokapet UPS, Kothaguda MPPS, CNN Tanda MPPS, Keshavnagar MPPS, Anjaiahnagar MPPS, Ambedkar Nagar MPPS, Madinaguda UPS, Nallagandla MPPS, Gowlidoddi UPS, Madhapur MPPS