The idea of TARU originates from our concern for good quality elementary education for every child. It is our experience from several large government programs and other NGO efforts that there is a need for trained resource persons in this area. Experience tells us that intensive work with teachers or other educational workers has but few takers, sporadic demands for academic support are more common. Many large scale programmes seem to function on the assumption that primary education is restricted to 3R’s (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic) and do not see the need for intensive work. Digantar’s interest, right from the early days has been to be an organisation seriously concerned and working towards developing knowledge base and methods for better quality education. TARU is the realization towards that endeavour.
The Academic Resource Support Unit (TARU) was set up to provide academic support to various units of Digantar and other educational organizations working in the area of elementary education. TARU is the academic support unit of Digantar that aims towards providing academic support, initiating dialogue on education grounded in an epistemic frame. The expertise available at TARU includes programmes and workshops on philosophy and theories of education, aspects of pedagogy, human learning, teacher training and enrichment, research studies in educational contexts and text-material development.