eVidyaloka Remote education services

eVidyaloka Trust

India

Organization Type: Academic sector | Category: Internet for Development

Project Summary

eVidyaloka is a bridging delivery platform enables live, interactive classes to the children of rurla India. It focuses on transforming the education landscape in the rural and remote regions of the India. We strive to achieve this by involving the local communities to own the digital class rooms, inspire and empower the volunteers to contribute back, from wherever they are, by providing standardized lesson plans and teaching aids for a consistent learning experience to the children.

Our focus is to improve the learning outcome of the children who participate through our Digital class rooms, established in the remote locations and ensure that they "understand and apply the concepts of their respective standards in their regular curriculum subjects".

Background

Background:
80% of the 1.3 million Sch
Number of Elementary Schools – 13,03,812, Govt. - 1048046 [80.37%]

Infrastructure
% of Schools with Pucca buildings – 70.68%, Drinking water – 92.6%, Girl’s Toilet – 58.82%, Computers – 16.65%
Teachers
No of Teachers – all schools – 58,16,673, Govt Schools – 39,53,790 [68.01%]
Average Teachers per school – Govt School – 3.8, Pvt Schools – 7.2%
% of Teachers (Govt School) above 55 yrs of age – 7.15%
Students
No of Students – VI-VIII – 5,44,67,415, Govt Schools – 3,43,68,617 [63%]
% Enrollment - VI-VIII – Govt. 63.10%, Private 36.82%

Justification:
Current Learning levels
As per ASER (Pratham) report –
% Children of Std V can’t READ Std II Text – 58%
% Children of Std V can’t do DIVISION – 74%
RTE Norms
School enrollment – 150-200 Students, Expected Teachers – 6, %School does not meet this norm – 58.9%
As per Govt of India source :
Shortage of 1.2 million teachers

Justification

This project nominated to the ISIF Asia award because…

eVidyaloka has made use of Tecnology extensively. The usage of technology is not only confined to a particular software or an hardware product, but an application of wide range of technologies.

We have taken the telecom penetration to places as remote as 10 kms above a hill, deep inside forest resever regions, where the services are catered to the Tribal children.

We have reached to places where there is electricity is available only for 4 to 6 hrs in a day and children with HIV infected homes, where this solves the issue of social stigma perfectly.

We have not only applied internet technologies to deliver classes, but have also built and promoting open source developments like Wikividya.

Essentially, we are enabling cutting edge, high end Digital learning experiences like Smart Classrooms, directly at the door step of Rural and remote areas, at an extremely affordable cost of, as low as Rs. 20 per class, per child.

Team

Objectives

Teacher Shortage
Teaching Quality
Harness the power of Technology
Unleash the power of human connect
Affordable, high quality education

Technical details and contribution to innovation

Software:
Skype
Cloud Office (Office 365, One Note etc)
HTML 5.0, Python, Apache, My SQL, Linux Stack
MediaWiki
TeamViewer
Youtube
Google Hangouts
Google Apps

Hardware:
3G, WiMax(Data only) and HiSpeed wired broadband > 1 MBPS and OFC enabled telecom networks

Activities

Online Teaching - Digital Classroom, a simplified setup powered by hispeed broadband
Content Development - Incubation of Wikividya Platform
Building IT Systems - My eVidyaloka 2.0
Teaching sourcing strategies like College TeA clubs etc

Outcomes

Digital Infrastructure stability - 60 mins of minimum or uninterrupted online sessions in remote and rural village, including Tribal locations.

Operational Efficiency - 70% of the Classes delivered as per plan

Teachers Generated - Approximately 100+ new breed of teachers generated and reached out to 500+ people

Built 2 solid IT assets - My eVidyaloka 2.0 and Wikividya

Consistent Children attendance - > 70% in select centers

Object Assessment process being implemented across 3 lcoations, 1 language each. - > 70% of the children are able to score > 50% of marks

Publications and dissemination efforts

www.evidyaloka.com
www.facebook.com/evidyaloka

News paper articles (Unsolicited) in two national Dailies

The Hindu:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/village-children-take-the-skype-route-to-education/article3617427.ece

Telegraph:
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120128/jsp/jharkhand/story_15058696.jsp

Sessions and seminars conducted at the following locations :

XLRI Jamshedpur,
CSIM Hyderabad
Microsoft, Hyderabad
HP, Bangalore
IIM, Bangalore

Project teasers, Annual reports, and 3 year scale up strategy plans are a few to begin with.

Awards and distinctions

* Empanelled to present in the Emerging ventures category of 4th National Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, at XLRI Jamshedpur * Covered in the Front page of National Daily - The Hindu We have kept ourselves low, till date, to focus on operations, over rewards and recognitions

Website

www.evidyaloka.org

YouTube movie about the project

www.youtube.com/eVidyaloka

profile or page from the organization or project leader

www.facebook.com/evidyaloka

profile from the organization or project leader

http://twitter.com/evidyaloka

profile from the organization or project leader

https://plus.google.com/u/1/#111308839870751042645/posts

Project Representative

Venkataramanan Sriraman

Project Representative on

http://in.linkedin.com/pub/venkataramanan-sriraman/0/603/904

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