Bridging the Gap

'Bridging the Gap'(BtG) – an after school hours program is an initiative by the Rohini Ghadiok Foundation to enhance learning and skill levels of students from economically weaker sections (EWS) who are admitted in private schools under Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009. Our aim is to empower children from disadvantaged communities by developing their potential through education and social skills and to mainstream them both academically and socially; to help them become self-reliant, responsible, confidant and motivated young adults. BtG is a multi-dimensional program that combines language strengthening, emotional support and social mindfulness.

Objectives of program

1 To increase learning and social skills of children ages 6-10 years;

2 To increase attendance and retention of children in school;

3 Increased confidence, motivation, communication & problem-solving skills

4 Improved attitude towards academics

5 Become socially integrated with classmates & peers

6 To enhance the responsiveness and participation of parents / community members.

Poverty, availability, and accessibility are three big reasons why children drop out of school, says Soha Moitra of Child Rights and You (CRY). “When a family is not financially secure, prioritising a child’s education takes a backseat. Post-Class V, distance to school also tends to increase, and parents deem it unsafe for a child, especially girls, to travel far. You see this validated in dropout rates as well, which rise sharply after Class V.” Another reason why drop-rates rise after Class V is that this is the stage when a child reaches the age 10-11 years when it is considered suitable for induction into child labour.

- The Hindu Dec 2016

The Solution

RGF recognized this as a multifaceted issue and decided to initiate the program ‘Bridging the Gap’, a multidimensional response that combines language strengthening, emotional support and social mindfulness. BtG works on the holistic development of the EWS students to ensure that the student grow in a competitive environment where he or she has an incentive to study hard and perform better than his colleagues. This will instil the spirit of competition and the zeal for achievement at an early stage, which will play a vital role in shaping their careers.

Bridging the Gap

Understanding Program


  • Conducted in the school premises after regular school hours
  • Classes are held twice a week for a period of 90 minutes each
  • The medium of instruction is strictly English
  • Personalised attention on a one-on-one basis is given to poor performing students
  • A high-protein vegetarian lunch is served before start of classes to each student
  • Awareness and counselling sessions are conducted with parents for community mobilization

Student Selection

Students selected are those admitted to school under the RTE Act, in the age group 6-10 years from Classes 2 to 5 identified by the school based on their poor academic performance and weak social skills and inability to participate in classroom activities.


Teaching is conducted by a core group of volunteers who were initially trained by ‘Teach for India’ fellows and are supported by university students (from Lady Shri Ram College) and high school students. Few teachers are paid an honorarium. Workshops on Capacity Building for the teachers are conducted on a regular basis.

Learning Modules

  • Lessons are based on books sourced from National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Central Book Trust (CBT), Pratham and Katha
  • Worksheets on grammar exercises are prepared for each individual student
  • Emphasis is put on English reading, comprehension, writing and speaking
  • Teaching aids are used during the lessons


  • Baseline assessment & periodic assessments
    1. English (writing, reading, comprehension, grammar and vocabulary)
    2. Life Skills (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management and thinking & cognitive skills).
  • Stakeholder meetings with school teachers and parents


RGF has a large number of books and students are encouraged to borrow them to read and enhance their skills in the English language.