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About Chirag
CHIRAG FOUNDATION TRUST, is a registered charitable trust in Chennai. Chirag started its activities in the year 2005 with a firm determination to make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged children. We, at Chirag, believe children need a strong fundamental education to develop into confident individuals. We also believe that education is the main tool to remove social disparities in our country. With dedication and support, Chirag hopes to make a difference in the lives of children who are deprived of the opportunities so that they are equipped to face the competitive world with pride and character. Chirag also attempts to bring cheer to the underprivileged children during the festive season that culminates in Diwali. Many of us are reach out to the under-privileged in one form or the other. What probably differentiates this venture of ours, is that rather than give what we feel the child needs, we ask the child what he/she wants and try to fulfill his/her wish. For this we reach out to the employees of corporate companies and with their support, make the wish come true. This, we believe reflects the true spirit of Diwali – Light a lamp in a child’s heart. Chirag has setup a free tuition center for the benefit of students from low income group at a Corporation School in Besant Nagar, Chennai. This tuition center has been functional since 2010, catering to the classes 9 to 12 in government and government-aided English Medium schools in and around Adyar

About Project – Chirag English Lab
At Chirag Tuition Center, we realized that though they study in English medium schools, they lack basic English language skills.Though the children do understand concepts and ideas when explained to them, they are unable to express them in words during exams. We see this as a serious concern. English language skills are necessary to boost their confidence and enable them to flourish in their careers. They need to start young – so that children pick up the language early and are reasonably proficient in the language by the time they reach their 5th grade. “Chirag English Lab” is a project undertaken by Chirag with the aim to help children from low income groups to develop English language skills. Chirag has partnered with Thulir (www.thulir.com), an organization that has developed the content for an adaptable, self-paced, computer-aided language learning program.

Project Plan
As a first step, we have identified four schools in Chennai, where we intend to set up Model English Labs. Two of these schools are Corporation schools while two others are private charitable schools. As this is a computer-aided program, we need to set up the infrastructure necessary for the lab. This includes workstations, UPS, headphones with microphones, network connectivity and internet access. Two teachers of the school will be identified as resource personnel to facilitate this program in school and will be trained by Thulir on assisting the children in their learning. Chirag will monitor the implementation and operation of the program to ensure its success. Around 1000 children in these four schools will benefit from this program this year. With support, Chirag intends to take this program across other schools including government and government-aided schools.

Program Details
Thulir’s course is a comprehensive, technology-aided one-stop solution that trains children from decoding words to complex writing skills. It consists of three stages:

  1. Phonics – 5-level course for ages 4-6
  2. Foundation – Reading skills with emphasis on grammar and spelling for ages 5 to 8
  3. Regular – Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking skills for ages 7 to 10.

Thulir has been implemented with more than 20,000 students and has statistically proven to be extremely beneficial.

How Can You Help?

  1. Sponsor towards the cost of infrastructure setup at school
  2. Identify corporate sponsors for infrastructure setup
  3. Sponsor computers for the program
  4. Sponsor towards ongoing subscription for Thulir program
  5. Identify deserving schools where this program could be implemented
  6. Support by spreading information about this program to others

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