Updated Mar 11, 2020

Kadam Step Up Programme

Child driven competency based pedagogical and operational tools, that enables both in-school children and out of school children to close their learning gaps in a systematic way in a scalable programme.


Snorre Westgaard

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Stage 5: Scaling

The Kadam Step Up Programme in Haryana has enrolled and bridged the learning gap of 35,722 Out of School Children, representing 81% of the registered number of OOSC in the State. The efficiency of the programme has lead to MOUs signed in 4 new States

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Extracurricular or Out-of School Activities, Basic Education, Methods & Learning and 1 MoreSEE ALL

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There are an estimated 6 million Out of School Children in India (MHRD National Survey 2014), and many more drop out during the primary grades, because of the inability to follow the teaching in their age appropriate grades. The Government of India’s “Education for All Mission ” has despite its mandate been unable to cater to the needs of these children, partially because India is experiencing the largest rural to urban migration in history.



The solution is Kadam, a programme with a work book based system developed from national education competencies that enables children to drive their own learning individually in a collective setting, where the teacher is a facilitator and “obstacle remover”. The children learn on their actual level, and a simple assessment system is both a guide for the child and teacher and a measurement of progress towards a clear goal, which is the age appropriate learning level.

Target Beneficiaries

Children age 7 to 14 years Both girls and boys. Children that are either Out of School because of migration, poverty or because the family has lost confidence in the schools, or in-school children that are far behind their age appropriate learning level and therefore at risk of dropping out. The Kadam Step Up Programme engages children, parents, communities and schools to create an environment where children learn no matter which level she begins on.

Mission and Vision

We wish to see a world where all children have access to schools where they can learn and learn to learn, so that a world of opportunities open up to these children that would otherwise grow up to become poor and illiterate adults. Our mission is to work with States in India and reach critical mass of children that shows that a systematic approach where every child that is behind in learning can "graduate" at his or her age appropriate level is possible, and therefore the way forward.

Innovation Description

1. Child driven competency based pedagogy. The Kadam Step-Up methodology developed by Humana People to People India provides workbooks for the children with exercises that logically build up competencies in a step-wise manner, combined with a programme with monthly headlines that takes the children through activities that enhances cognitive learning and personal development. 540 comptenecies have been identified across 5 grades and 4 subjects, and around 2,000 exercises developed and specifically attached to each competency. 2. The impossible overcome by a simple operational model. One Kadam Teacher identifies OOSC in communities with a high number of OOSC, enrolls the children in the nearest primary school, and runs a Kadam Special Training Centre for 25-30 children. A baseline test defines the learning gap, the end line goal being the age appropriate competencies for each child of different age and learning experience. The children work in TRIO's providing support to each other. When a child has gained the planned competencies as per her gap, she is integrated in a regular class. 3. Partnership with the State Education Department and costing. The State provides the Teachers or funds them to run Kadam Special Training Centres. The State also adopts the Kadam system of 5 workbooks, two teacher manuals and the “My Progress” assessment system, and covers the cost of printing and distribution at scale. In addition to this the State pays for mid-day meals and school uniforms.

Competitive Advantage

The unique aspect of Kadam is that the learning gap is defined for every single child together with the end-goal. A child can only graduate when she demonstrates that she has reached her goal and are comfortably learning at her age appropriate level. Every child goes through a baseline test that defines the entry point, while the age at the end of the programme defines the goal. The child is tested regularly to assess individual progress against her goal. The simple tools for learning and assessment makes it possible to operationally take the programme to scale. An online Information Management System ensures overall monitoring as well as provides data the programme can learn from. No other programme has this level of individualised approach at scale.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We expect to expand the Kadam Step Up Programme in Uttar Pradesh from 6 Districts to 20 Districts over the next 3 years. We expect to expand the Programme in Chhattisgarh to all Districts from next academic session. While the current accumulated reach is 120,000 we expect to reach an annual reach of 100,000 in 2021. Our goal to reach critical mass is to reach an accumulated 1 million children by 2025.
Funding Goal15,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted1,000,000
New Implemented CountriesIndia
Recruit30 Management, 300 Field Unit Leaders, 5000 Education Volunteers / Government School Teachers
New FeatureAdapt the pedagogy and operational tools to State Education Content Materials.


Apr 2017
Oct 2016
Key Partnership
ORGANIZATIONEducate a Child,  
as part of
 Kadam Step Up Programme
Apr 2015
New Country Implemented In

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