Update: I will be going back to visit the schools for a couple of weeks during Easter to teach, as well as set up a debate competition where children can discuss issues relevant to them (the importance of hygiene etc.)
ALIG Society is a charity based in Jharkhand, one of the poorest states in India. It works alongside the government to improve the quality of public education by providing better quality teachers and better quality equipment for the schools. After helping teach at one of the schools for a week, I have seen first-hand the impact that ALIG is having in these schools. By employing better teachers, not only are children learning more, they are also enjoying themselves and are more engaged in lessons.
ALIG is now moving to a Digital Learning Project. Public schools in India have no technology of any kind. Teachers are left with nothing but a basic textbook, a blackboard and their own wit. ALIG is trying to alleviate the burden on these teachers by providing them with a projector, computer and tablets, as well as a education software that enhances learning. Teachers can utilise this technology to make their lessons more interactive and efficient. Children can do work on tablets that get automatically marked by a computer, teachers can show children videos and presentations as well as plan lessons by compiling different resources. This will cause the quality of lessons to rise dramatically, but it will also give children the opportunity to be exposed to and learn to use technology - a vital skill in the modern day workplace.
This project is unique. It's not a project that's trying to build an independent school. It's a project that is trying to cooperate with the government and improve the quality of already existing infrastructure instead of starting from scratch. Because these schools already have a large number of students that come from the bottom rung of the economic ladder who need most help, the impact of this initiative is even more significant.
By donating, you help empower children who are otherwise forced down a path of poverty with little chance of success. You help put them on a more equal playing field, where talent and hard-work define who is successful, not the family you were born in.