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Cascade of Learning: "SoCC Buddies"

As part of our Covid-19 response, young SoCC Buddies in the US and elsewhere have started to video conference with children in the underserved communities we work in to help improve their spoken English skills, benefitting both sides as they learn about each other's cultures and lives in a fun way. Spoken English is necessary to get good jobs later on. A video training session is provided by Asia Initiatives' education advisor Dr. Nidhi Tandon to get the SoCC Buddies started.

Each SoCC Buddy holds a 30 mins virtual session in the morning once or twice a week. Buddies earn SoCCs for each session on our App available on Google Play or Apple Store to earn and share recognition. This program will run throughout the summer, and possibly later too. A grant of 4000 Euro's from FrauenPower for digital empowerment of young girls will fund the cost of equipment and Internet for this and other digital skills program in our project area in Lucknow.

Be a SoCC Buddy to Zoom Across the Lockdown!

  • Spend 30 mins, once or twice a week to teach English in a Virtual Session
  • The sessions are held in Mornings only (between 7:00 - 9:00 am EST)
  • Be available throughout the summer
  • Knowledge of Hindi, Marathi, Odiya, or another language spoken in India is not required, exposure to Indian culture/language is encouraged!


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