Chennai-based Karadi Path Education Company Pvt. Ltd. has been announced a winner of READ Alliance’s Early Grade Reading Innovation Challenge (EGRIC).
The announcement was made at the READ Connect 2015: Invest in Children event held on 22nd April, 2015 in New Delhi.
An initiative by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Read – Engage – Achieve – Dream (READ) Alliance is a $3.2 million initiative to help improve the reading skills of millions of primary school age children in India.
The award is an outcome of a rigorous year-long selection process through multiple rounds with eminent juries. Out of 63 applicants, 19 were shortlisted at the first stage, 7 at the second stage leading to the final award to 3 of the EGRIC applicants.
With this award, Karadi Path Education Company will be launching its ‘Joyful Reading Project’, in partnership with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Dept. of Education; Tamil Nadu. Karadi Path aims to improve English learning at grade level for more than 30,000 children in government primary schools. The project will deliver the proprietary Karadi Path methodology by using engaging stories, music, and classroom activities to deliver English language proficiency.
Karadi Path has been at the forefront of innovations in language learning pedagogy. The Karadi Path methodology is an indigenous innovation, based on the unique Indian experience of multi-lingualism. It is possibly the only 100% derivative language learning process in the world, where an entire language is acquired experientially without any instruction. The methodology mirrors the way we learn our mother tongue and other languages from the environment.
Announcing the awards, USAID/India Mission Director John A. Beed said, “SAID believes that together, we can identify, support, and scale new and promising Indian innovations that will benefit children in India and around the world. The READ Alliance is making great strides in establishing partnerships to further early grade reading.”
“This award is yet another validation of the Karadi Path methodology and gives us an opportunity to use Karadi Path to fulfil the English language aspirations of over 30,000 government school children,” said C.P.Viswanath, Director of Karadi Path Education Company.
The other winners of the award are Centre for Learning Resources, Pune and Quality Education Support Trust, Sonale, Maharashtra.
READ Alliance will continue looking for new avenues of partnerships to carry out innovative strategies and programs across various operational areas.