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NGO’s efforts in making Digital Education a success in Rural India

NGO’s efforts in making Digital Education a success in Rural India

It is aptly said by Aristotle that “the roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet”.If the Darkness of ignorance is to dispelled then the sun of education has to rise. So many children are born talented, have immense capacity for understanding and are naturally bright, but poverty has deprived them of an education.
With the given Indian education system which much needed review of growing demand for quality, contemporary and high-tech systems that is accessible to more children across the country. If we look at UN sustainable Goal 4 which promises inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong opportunities for all and the RTE Act provides Right of children to free and compulsory education till completion of elementary education in a neighborhood school. Therefore, India had dire need for a mechanism that address the current challenges of shortage of schools and teachers in municipal schools,lack of creative quality of educational material and inability of numerous children to go schools due to various factors. 
At the same time, during last decade we have seen children and youth has become increasingly technology- driven, increase in potential and readiness to imbibe and learn through digital mode. The technology driven method if used rigorously, school drop-outs, girl child who have stopped going to schools in order to support the families in their earning will benefit at a great extent through digital platforms and smart phones.
To make the technology driven education a success, many non-profit organization is extensively working with a mission to provide education to each an every children on land and make a world better place to live. Non-profits like Smile Foundation’s Digital Literacy Project for Underprivileged children under Mission Education. It has adopted Competency Based e-learning solutions (CoBELS) which is an application based standard -aligned pedagogical tool that helps children learn concepts through real world Acti game. Some of the Key features of CoBELS is it is interactive, learning centric that focuses on definite  learning outcomes of learners. This also includes a small library cum language spaces, , where teaching methods are customized as per the language and skill sets of children. This immense work of Smile Foundation has impacted many children in rural India and is still working to make education for all.
Another Non-Profit, Katha, an NGO working for the past 30 years have launched an initiative called 300 million challenge which aims to help children learn and educate by making learning free. Katha believes that there are 150 million children who can read , and 150 million cannot. If children can make the difference , they must start with one another, with their own world. An E-kit has been developed by Katha which has interactive 5 books that helps children to read and learn 250 words in 3 months. Each book has a set of activities at the back which will help the child not to just read the words but understand big ideas like equality,earth matters and compassion. 
With the growth of Non-profit sector working in education field to transform traditional learning to modern technology driven learning, there is a great potential for civil society and CSR initiatives to build this into their various programs. Non -profits and Tech companies can collaborate and take the lead that will help enable to create strong ecosystem by providing innovative, effective and interactive educational devices with a creative content. Smart classrooms are a critical component to move this technology driven concept forward.
Concluding this, it is important to reiterate that, through a comprehensive and widespread digital learning platforms, children and youth from all sections of society, especially from rural setting, can strengthen their access to education, technology which will not only help to increase literacy levels but it will make them educated and skilled which ultimately turn the shape of India’s future.


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