Foundational Literacy and Numeracy forms the basis of all future learning for children
The ability to identify letters (a, d, h), words (at, cat, ball); read them fluently with meaning
Being able to identify numbers such as 25, 82, 76, and solve basic maths problems like addition and subtraction
Grades 1 and 2 are critical for children as this is when they learn the most.
Children need to attain these skills by class 3 otherwise they struggle to catch up later and risk dropping out of schools.
FLN skills ensure every child has an equal shot at success. It is linked to higher employability and consequently improved life outcomes, and higher GDP for the country.
Strong foundation improves long term equity and growth. It can lift 171 million people out of poverty in the world, according to UNESCO
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Children can’t read a simple class 2-level text in class 3
Children can’t do a basic subtraction problem by class 3
India's FLN Crisis
We support state governments in designing and operationalizing state-owned FLN missions in line with NIPUN Bharat. We work closely with key government stakeholders and ecosystem partners to develop goals, targets, and the mission roadmap. We also provide technical and management support to execute the mission(s)
Setting the direction for FLN nationally
CSF has long been working to build salience for FLN and position it as a priority in the media and with Central institutions like the Ministry of Education, NITI Aayog, CBSE, and NCERT
Supporting State Governments
CSF works with 12 states to design and operationalize State-wide FLN missions by providing long term academic and project management support
Creating Public Goods
We develop exemplar tools and classroom resources for FLN based on proven approaches such as structured pedagogy and assessment informed instruction. This includes teaching-learning material, workbooks, lesson plans, teacher guidebooks, math manipulatives, etc.
Innovations and Experiments
We ideate, pilot and study governance interventions that help ease key systemic constraints to better learning. Our current initiatives focus on improving reliability of administrative and learning data, behavior change for parents and teachers, and diagnosing state capacity on implementation.