The Angana Ma Shiksha programme, started at the initiative of female teachers during lockdown in Chhattisgarh, has received the Skoch Award from the Indian government.
A core team of female teachers has been formed to create and administer the programme to provide it in every village in Chhattisgarh.
These teachers are designing the programme for the past three years in order to continuously enhance it.
First and foremost, the Angana Ma Shiksha fair is held in each village. Local teachers, residents, Anganwadi workers and girls from higher grades are included.
The fair has various counters where mothers can have their children tested and learn about the process of teaching and learning at home.
Walking on zigzag lines, colouring pictures, folding paper to make different shapes, identifying objects and arranging them in sequence, telling a story, describing a picture, counting, verbal addition, and subtraction are some of the planned activities.
Mothers begin assisting their children to study at home by learning at the fair and receiving frequent orientation from teachers.
In the programme, mothers who are found active are recognized by conferring the title of 'Smart Mata' on them in order to gain recognition in the village and connect with other mothers.
Mothers bring a support card with them to school for the new session, on which they assess the present condition of their children's abilities.
The next step of this programme in all villages is being decided by women teachers in collaboration with Pratham Education Foundation.