eVidyaloka Remote education services

eVidyaloka Trust

India

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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 reseve 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:
There is a direct correlation towards the poorer quality in learning outcome to the shortage of teacher. As per Govt. of India reports, today there is a shortage of 1.2 million teachers across the country.
eVidyaloka has created a platform to empanel “Volunteer” teachers, independent of their geographical disposition who contribute back to their roots and teach rural children in their native language. Current pool of teachers (100+) cut across 16 Indian cities and 17 International cities. 78% of them less than 35 years, and 61% are women volunteers. While 45% of the teachers are in IT sector, the rest include students, retired defence sector personnel, graduate students and practicing teachers. 70% of teachers are B.Tech qualified and another 10% Doctorates.
Teaching Quality:
Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), endorsed by The President of India shows that despite investment in infrastructure, during the past decade (2000- 2010) Elementary and Middle school learning levels in rural India have not shown any significant improvement and remain critically below standard.
54% of Grade 5 children can't read Standard 2 text and over 70% of Grade 5 children can't solve a division problem.
The volunteer teachers, with sheer passion and high level of qualifications brings in a high level of accountability towards the learning out of the children, which is by and large a gray area in the existing system.
Harness the power of Technology
While quality and effectiveness is achieved through great people, the Scale and efficiency is achieved with leverage of Technology.
Technology is the backbone of eVidyaloka, enabling remote teaching-learning experience. This includes
- Telecom network backbone - Optic Fibre, 3G WiMax
- Digital Class room: PC, Webcam, LCD TV, Broadband Modem, UPS/Solar inverter
- My eVidyaloka 2.0/Wikividya, the core IP of eVidyaloka IT system, built on open source technologies - HTML5, Twitter bootstrap, Python, Apache, MySQL, MediaWiki on Linux.
- Skype/Hangout, software whiteboards, office 365, Google Drive
- Engaging community of teachers through social networks

Affordable, high quality education:
While the focus is to bring people together with the power technology, we constantly focus on fiscal prudence and cost of the solution being delivered. As we stand today, it takes Rs 3500 per child for a whole year, to have classes delivered in Maths, Science and English. High quality in education is able to enabled at the lowest cost, simply through the digital innovation and the social engagement that is achieved through the technology. Otherwise costs a fortune in a traditional, private schooling model, where the Building infrastructure and Cost of Teacher resources constitutes the significant proportion in the Cost model.

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 hi-speed broadband
Content Development - Incubation of Wikividya Platform
Building IT Systems - My eVidyaloka 2.0
We are equally focused on building processes which will help Scalability and Replicability of the model for future. The tenets of operating framework include the following 4 pillars:
- Volunteer/Teacher Management
- PDMOF (Plan – Deliver – Monitor – Outcome - Feedback)
- Content Aggregation and Assessment
- Local Community Integration
The IT platform digitizes the process that are discovered and developed during the delivery of operations

Teaching sourcing strategies like College TeA clubs etc:
Various Teacher sourcing strategies are applied, some of them include:
- Google AdWords Campaign
- Partner with United Nations Online Volunteering program
- Corporate Volunteering program
- eVidyaloka Teacher Ambassadors Program
- Social Media - Spread the Word programs
- Targetted Community based evangelization of the volunteering needs

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

Apart from the live portal, www.evidyaloka.com, we are active on the Social Media Platform : 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwYdPOV3wuQ

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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