Updated Jul 13, 2020

English and Life Skills Lab

https://www.igniscareers.com

Rennis Joseph

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Ignis delivers a culturally relevant age and level appropriate integrated English and Life Skills curriculum and trains teachers in its delivery through activity based experiential learning methodologies.

Ignis intends to develop a digital platform to aid in the delivery of the curriculum to most schools. The platform will cover modules for both student and teacher and offer tracking, monitoring and evaluation protocols to monitor student performance. The platform will also serve as communication and support to the teachers in the programme and provide solutions to teacher queries and problems....
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Ignis intends to develop a digital platform to aid in the delivery of the curriculum to most schools. The platform will cover modules for both student and teacher and offer tracking, monitoring and evaluation protocols to monitor student performance. The platform will also serve as communication and support to the teachers in the programme and provide solutions to teacher queries and problems. The digital platform will also carry extra references, games, instructions for developing teaching aids, glossary, pronunciation keys and other teaching aids that can make the classrooms enjoyable and non-stressful.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

The program has been successfully implemented in over 500 schools over five years in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. We wish to cover more schools in other states across India and provide students from underserved communities with essential skills.

Focus Areas:

Basic Education, Soft or Life Skills, Inclusive Education and 6 MoreSEE ALL

Basic Education, Soft or Life Skills, Inclusive Education, Economic Empowerment, Methods & Learning, Gender Equity, Teacher Development and Training, Cognitive Development and Emotional DevelopmentSEE LESS

Implemented In:

India

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1
Key Partner
1
Country Implemented In
220,000
Customers
46
Employees
$545,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

India has one of the largest K-10 systems in the world, with ~210M children of school going age (6-14) served by ~1.6M schools and ~6.4M teachers and education para-professionals. While India boasts of near universal access to primary education (96.7% of children aged 6-14 enrolled in school in 2014), the system produces appalling outcomes – less than half of grade 5 children can read a grade 2 level text and just over half of grade 5 children can do two-digit subtraction.

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Solution

Working with youth and children, Ignis realised that there are not many culturally appropriate, age and learner specific models to teach English for children in schools. A three year-long action research was conducted with the students of the government schools at Banapuram Village, in Khammam district to gain sufficient insight into their lived experience, aspirations and challenges. This research helped in the development of an integrated communicative English and life skills curriculum.

Target Beneficiaries

Ignis primarily works with affordable private schools in urban and semi-urban localities. Ignis also works in both government and private schools in rural regions. Most of these schools cater to the poor and under-served communities with most parents having minimal education or in some cases having no formal education whatsoever. A significant number of students to these schools are also first generation learners.

Mission and Vision

Our vision: We, at Ignis, aim to be the leading organisation, across the world, that breaks the cycle of poverty by empowering every learner, especially from underserved communities, to gain access to wider career opportunities by promoting life skills and purposeful learning. Our mission: To empower India through purposeful life-skills learning.

Competitive Advantage

Our innovation stands apart from similar services from our competitors in several significant ways: 1. Cost: Our cost per student per year is about USD 200 per student per year. Most competitors charge anywhere between USD 500 and 700 per student per year. 2. Curriculum: Ignis curriculum focuses primarily on helping the learners quickly relate to the concepts taught by linking it to their own lived experience. Children are thus able to quickly internalize concepts and comfortably use them in day to day exchanges.. 3. Ignis engagements also provides whole school support through fortnightly training and orientation sessions for the teachers on the roles. The engagement covers instruction in using participatory activity based teaching methodologies and thee use of arts and crafts as teaching aids.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We are currently in the process of scaling and seeking opportunities to expand our engagements with the government schools in rural and peri-urban regions that cater to students from under-served and deprived communities. Ignis also intends to develop a digital platform for its curriculum and service delivery protocols with interfaces for the teachers and students. The aim is to provide a cost-effective resource light automated complementary service that streamlines evaluation and monitoring.
Funding Goal1,400,000
New Implemented CountriesIndia
Recruit1 Project Manager; 4 Field Managers; 250 Teacher Fellows
New FeatureEstablish purposeful learning practices through the promotion of English and Life skills in schools that cater to children from deprived and under-served communities

The Team Behind the Innovation

The team is lead by Rennis Joseph and Imma Mary. While pursuing his PhD at JNU, Rennis Joseph worked on a United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) project coordinating an English and Employment Skills program for Burmese and Afghan refugees. Imma Mary as a first-generation learner had minimal support system outside of the school, serving as prime motivation for her decision to work for the uplift of the poor. She received her M.Phil in Social Medicine and Community Health from JNU.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2020
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
 
as part of
 HDFC smart-up Grant
Sep 2019
Key Partnership
 
as part of
 GSBI Miller Center Acceleration Program
Mar 2017
Funds RaisedPENDING
TITLEScaling
TYPEDebt
FOCUS AREAS
Basic Education
Implemented InIndia
Mar 2015
Funds RaisedPENDING
$250,000
TITLEInvestment
TYPEEquity
FOCUS AREAS
Education
Implemented InIndia
ORGANIZATIONAcumenAcumen 
as part of
 +Acumen+Acumen
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
India

Supporting Materials

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