TEACH, or the Training and Educational Centre for Hearing impaired is an initiative that helps deaf students from vernacular medium schools. It also assists them with higher education and professional advice.
Students, who have studied in vernacular languages, are trained for three years in English & Maths, starting from grade 10, which prepares them for their higher secondary exams (H.S.C) in English.
The criteria to appear in the H.S.C exam in the Maharashtra Board is to clear the English language exam in the S.S.C boards. However, members of TEACH realized that most of these students were taught the equivalent of grade 1 or 2 English and hence, were not equipped to take the H.S.C examination.
TEACH also partners with individual schools to teach kids from grade 7 upwards, to supplement their existing syllabus.
Since TEACH aspires to be the stepping stone for educational success today and tomorrow; the team strategised to reach out to the students in schools and teach them English.
Learning English in school will help them save the first year from the three-year program of higher education. English being the universal language of communication, our aim through ELP is to help the students have a strong English written communication and the required knowledge to lead their life independently.
There are very few deaf people employed in corporate or government jobs as not many qualify/ meet the criteria to be placed in these organisations. The differently abled quota (job) for deaf goes unclaimed as they do not meet the necessary educational qualification for these opportunities.
TEACH wants deaf children to use the opportunity and be eligible for jobs that can have them placed in government & corporate jobs.
They implement the Indian Sign Language (ISL) in their teaching and communication with the students.
The initiative adopts the methodology of “Total Communication” a blend of sign language and oral communication for educating children.
Also, it involves volunteers from top B-schools and colleges well equipped with knowledge sharing skills and will to support.
The initial plan is to reach out to the children all over Mumbai and then extend its reach to the rest of the nation.