After getting a lot of insight not only from the research phase (especially from missions like Key Influencers, Define the Problem and Success Adults), but also from some past challenges (like "How might we all maintain wellbeing and thrive as we age?"), I came up with this idea.
Parents in low-income community are usually busy working. Based on this situation, we target out 'teacher group' as grandparents mainly,especially grannies. Because grannies usually have rich experience as mothers and gooding understanding of what needs to be done for children. That's why our idea names 'granny army'.
In order to implement it the following steps can be executed:
Step 1. Identifying people (parents & grandparents) with skills within the community.
Step 2. Convincing them to teach and making them understand the importance of passing the knowledge to the next generation.
Step 3. Helping the community organise sessions/classes based on the available skills.
Step 4. Providing the training to communities, if they require certain skills.
Step 5. Gathering 1-5 years old children and skilled parents/grandparents and finding appropriate places (if necessary) to conduct the sessions.
Step 6. Bringing in awareness about the learning sessions within the community.
Step 7. Helping them organize and conduct sessions during the initial weeks.
Step 8. Tracking the progress of children’s learning and growth.
Step 9. Feedback from parents.
23/11/2014 UpdateThe younger children in your target group are not likely to sit to learn as school children do. The 5 year olds may sit for awhile to listen to a story, participate in group music/singing etc.
All of the young children can learn through play. The 2 - 3 year olds won't yet play with other children directly, rather they play side by side. By the age of three the children will interact and play with each other and share. Children learn to problem solve through play. Helping children figure out how to use resources to find answers, rather than giving them answers enhances their ability to problem solve which gives them confidence. Having a group of Grannys with different interests and skill sets can be a great resource.
So, instead of traditional lessons, we are going to have more play lessones which are theme based, utilizing the Granny's ( parents & grandparentss) skill set that aligns with different themes. ex) Gardens - Let granny who is musical create a song about gardens or vegetables for the children to sing or dance to. Let the farmer tell stories about his work, or about how food grows.
We will apply role model into our project. In that way, children can be exposed to success stories of adults so they can believe that everything is possible in the future. Adults in learning group may share their 'successful' experience to children to motivate them.
Reasons for success:
1.The cost of implementation is low.
2.Involving people from different generations brings in a sense of belonging.
3.Efficiently utilizing skills/knowledge that are readily available.
4. Can be implemented immediately and requires a minimum of two volunteers.
5. Considering the generic nature of the idea, it can be implemented across the world among low income communities.