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 have to attend school and be taught in a language which is foreign to them. Inevitably this leads to very high dropout rates at primary school. However, as most languages are not recognised by the government it is left to community initiatives to fill the gap. Our work They love being taught by a friendly teacher from their own village in their own language. Based in the State of Odisha (formerly Orissa) in eastern India, our partners Asha Kiran Society operate 13 Multilingual Education (MLE) centres, staffed by 43 teachers and serving 654 children. Our partner’s vision is to enable children of the Desiya speaking people groups to access basic quality primary education in their native language and to provide a multicultural approach to education, providing children with a bridge between languages and cultures. Their hope is that the children can be taught to value their identity and cultural heritage, and become equipped for lifelong learning and living. It costs £5 a month to support a child's education Rope has been supporting our partners to deliver this education since 2006 and are now seeing children moving onto government schools at secondary level. They are often the first in their village to gain this level of 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 with a friendly teacher from his own village who taught in Shyam’s language, all things changed. Shyam loves to learn, enjoying games and activities and is never late for school!