Thalir Thiran Thittam (TTT), meaning "A Transformational Change Through Awareness", employs an Active Participatory Learning Methodology and audiovisual technology to deliver life skills training to students in public secondary schools in Tamil Nadu State. The content is delivered by DVD, and in-school teachers reinforce learning by facilitating complementary activities.
TTT’s curriculum is informed by the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, and includes training and promotion of skills and attitudes such as: self-awareness, empathy, communication, interpersonal skills, decision-making, problem solving, creative thinking, critical thinking, coping with emotions and stress, etiquette, gender sensitization, and others. The curriculum is taught over 6 years from Grade 7 to Grade 12, with gradual progression in complexity of comprehension.
For each lesson, the content is written and an expert in the subject is recorded delivering the lesson on DVD. Each lesson has five key objectives, which are taught through interactive learning by way of a game, song, activity, role play, case study, or discussion. Each video lasts 30 minutes, with on average 15 pauses built in where in-class teachers can stop the video and facilitate the activities suggested on film. About 120 modules in total have been developed using this technology.
By delivering curriculum through these DVD lessons, TTT ensures simplification and standardization of both content and delivery mechanism; about 85% of the work is performed by the video instructor, and the in-class teacher simply supervises and supports the class. Therefore, the model can be used in schools with a range of resources and capacity, meaning the model can be easily scaled and replicated.
TTT has partnered with the state government of Tamil Nadu to implement its supplementary life skills curriculum in public secondary schools, and has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state of Gujarat to expand there as well. It has also partnered with the private sector to support the production and implementation of its training materials.
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Model details2009Not-for-profit21st century skills (soft skills)ActiveLong-term projectFree service or product1,400,000
Curriculum implemented in over 4,000 schools in Tamil Nadu.June, 2012
In 2008, a pilot phase of TTT was implemented in five public schools in Tamil Nadu, reaching approximately 465 students over a period of one year (August 2008 to March 2009). Following the success of the pilot, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed with the government of Tamil Nadu to expand to its over 4000 public secondary schools.
Based on successes in Tamil Nadu, an MOU has been signed with Gujarat State government to implement the lifeskills training program in its over 6000 public secondary schools, and it plans to seek further replication across India in the coming years. The program also plans to translate its materials from the original Tamil into additional regional langauges, Hindi, and English.