Sethu forged close links with Navnirmiti, Mumbai, the Dept. of Education and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Goa in an innovative educational project that was implemented from 2007-2010, through the Universal Active Maths (UAM) program developed by Navnirmiti. UAM has revolutionised the teaching of mathematics in schools across India.
The main features of the UAM program are:
- It does not replace but strengthens the existing system.
- It works within the existing syllabus.
- It is implemented in resource poor environments.
- It substantially enhances Maths understanding and competencies in teachers and students
This is achieved through a systematic and structured sequence of ‘learning by doing’ to promote the ‘fun’-derstanding of all the basic Maths concepts.
A pilot project was initiated in October 2007 by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in collaboration with Navnirmiti and Sethu to introduce the UAM program to 124 primary schools in the remote Sanguem block. The success of this project led to the expansion of the UAM program to Sattari and Canacona talukas between 2008 to 2010, reaching out to almost 10,000 school children studying in the Government primary schools in the 3 talukas.
Over 500 primary school teachers received training in the UAM method. Finally, mathematics became fun for students and teachers! Dr Priti Bakre from Sethu assisted in the training and monitoring of the teachers, with ample support from Navnirmiti resource persons. The project concluded in 2010 and at present the UAM approach is being used independently by the Government teachers who underwent the training.