Nagaland Governor, PB Acharya and his wife with students and teachers of Akshar Foundation. (Photo Courtesy: PRO Raj Bhavan)
GUWAHATI, JUNE 14 (MExN): Nagaland State Governor, PB Acharya visited the Akshar Forum set up by the Akshar Foundation at Guwahati on June 13 and “appreciated the management for having innovative ideas and eco friendly projects.”
A press note from the PRO to the Governor informed that Acharya was impressed with plastic bottles and other waste used as eco bricks and for beautification purposes.
The Governor also interacted with the students and teachers of the institute and encouraged them to spread the importance of conserving the environment. He further planted two tree saplings in the school premises. He also opined that such initiatives were required to save our planet earth and wished the Akshar Foundation success in their efforts.
Akshar Foundation is an NGO based in Assam where they have developed an award-winning, disruptive education model, designed specifically for children in poverty. To prevent dropout, the school employs older students as tutors for younger children and pay them to perform development work in the community after school.
“The organisation uses child labour to fight child labour – kids in poverty need to earn money to stay in school, learning and earning. The children are employed as tutors and social workers. This ensures that younger children receive daily tuition from an older, caring student,” the press note informed.
Students at the school learn more to earn more – the students are paid based on their skills and knowledge and are fine for bad behaviour. As students move from one grade level to the next, their wages increase. Also, wages increases with teaching skill. Students are strongly incentivised to behave like model students.
Kids stay in school until the school finds a career for them – via college or apprenticeship in a high skill trade. Teens develop vocational skills, in addition to teaching, during the critical 12-18 age group. At the moment School-to-Career model is in the pipeline.
Charge them plastic school fees – teach them to be responsible for their surroundings. If every school does this, it can impact the plastic crisis. Students learn to address the problems afflicting their communities, and they develop machines and inventions as part of their coursework to address the problems.
Akshar Foundation hopes to implement these transformative policies in every government school in India and has already started implementing these policies in a notorious government school in Delhi. The NGO is targeting 100 government schools in the next 5 years, and have launched the Akshar Fellowship to achieve this goal.