Asha Kiran Society He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. Col. 1:28 The need for multilingual education cannot be underestimated. While there are 387 languages in India, only English and Hindi are recognised at national level and 14 other languages are taught at state level. Many children from tribal areas attend school and are taught in a language which is foreign to them. Inevitably this leads to very high dropout rates at primary school. Our work Based in the State of Odisha (formerly Orissa) in eastern India, our partners Asha Kiran Society have been operating since 2006 and now have 13 Multilingual Education (MLE) centres, serving 654 children in 45 tribal villages. They recruit and train local people from the villages to be the primary school teachers and each centre has its own village development committee, so the centre is embedded into village life. Our partners want every children of the Desiya speaking people groups to gain basic quality primary education in their native language so they can access secondary education and be equipped for lifelong learning. They strive to ensure that their curriculum teaches the children to value their identity and cultural heritage. Transforming Lives We have been supporting this work since its inception in 2006 and are delighted to report that 100% of children are moving onto government schools at secondary level. These children are often the first in their village to gain this level of education and are performing well in the government school system. £5 a month supports a child's education DONATE NOW Shyam Shyam, from a tribal village in India, is never late for school. However not long ago Shyam wouldn’t go to school. Though bright, he did not like school as lessons were taught in a language he did not understand. When our partners opened their school teaching in the local language with a friendly teacher from his own village Shyam changed his mind! Shyam loves to learn, enjoying games and activities and is never late for school!