All India Rural Empowerment Program AIREP is a people’s movement aimed at improving the quality of life mainly in rural India by strengthening Education, Vocation and Healthcare. The pilot project is functional in Paldi Kankaj village near Ahmedabad and VolunTeaching (Education) is also functional in Mulsan and Gilosan villages of Mehsana district.
Digital School Project
The Jholapur Primary School (JPS), is a government school located in the village of Jholapur in the district of Sanand, Gujarat. It is the largest primary school in the entire district. The school has classes from 1st grade to 8th grade, and follows the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSEB) curriculum. The school has 700 students across the 8 grades, and 17 teachers. [T]
[T]he school is run by Principal Rakesh Patel, who has been with the school since 2015, and is the primary point of contact for this project.
All grades have 2 sections with approximately 40 to 50 students each, with the exception of Grade 7, which has 3. Each grade has 8 periods from Monday to Friday, of approximately 30 minutes each, and 4 on Saturday.
Grade 1 to 4 studies 4 subjects: English, Gujarati, Math, and EVS. Grades 5 and 6 study English, Gujarati, Hindi, Math and Science, and Social Studies.
Grades 7 and 8 study English, Gujarati, Hindi, Sanskrit, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education. Issues:
JPS suffers from a lot of problems typical of government and public schools in Gujarat. The teaching staff at the school is severely demotivated, and as a result, is not productive. The education level of students is also low, with as many as 15% of students in each class reading and writing below Grade 1 level. The ratio of teacher to student is 1:41, and because of this, teachers cannot give time or focus to students who are lagging, leading to students losing interest in learning. This vicious cycle leads to high drop-out ratios and low retention levels, which is further exacerbated by a culture of child marriages, especially for female students. For male students, a lack of education pushes them to the consumption of alcohol and tobacco, leading to a severe tobacco problem in the village. A lack of education also diminishes the employment chances, leading to a disenfranchised youth.
The project involves the installation of digital classrooms in JPS. The digital classrooms will contain a CPU (containing an e-learning software), a keyboard, a mouse and a projector. The rooms will be specially designed for this purpose, with curtains and an AC.
The e-learning software ePathshala, contains animations and revision material specially tailored for the GSEB curriculum, and increases the engagement and retention level of the students. This can then be evaluated by special MCQ question sheets designed by ePathshala that can be filled by students at the end of every chapter. ePathshala has been chosen keeping in mind the extensive curriculum coverage, and easy to use interface. The principal and teachers of JPS have already seen a trial of the software, and are pleased with what if offers. A digital classroom like this will help increase the retention rate of students, and also increase their interest in the subject content. Since JPS has a very high teacher to student ratio, digital software can be used to aid the teacher, and increase the involvement of students. Apart from the school education, the digital apparatus can be used for other extracurricular activities.
On each weekday, post-school, the room can be used to show students various educational movies and videos (expanded on in section 3.3) On Sundays, the room can be used for parent training videos and community engagement (expanded on in section 3.4
Each session in the Digital Classroom is of 1 hour, and each weekday will have 4 such sessions, with Saturday having 2 sessions. In a week, there will be 22 sessions in each classroom, which means that 44 sessions in both the classrooms combined. Grades 1st to 8th will use the classrooms.
In a month, there will be approx. 176 sessions in the classroom.
Each section of 1st to 8th (17 sections) will get 1 session per subject in the Digital Classroom per week. This equals to 2 sessions per section per week for grades 1st to 4th in the Digital Classroom, 3 sessions per section per week for grades 5th to 8th
The 44th session every week can be used as a remedial class for students who are reading and writing at a lower grade level. Teachers, before the start of each semester, will outline a few difficult topics in each of the key subjects that require additional aid in the Digital Classrooms. In these sessions, the teachers will show them animations and videos related to those topics the students are learning in the school.
Swashodhan’s objective is to provide modern education especially for underprivileged children in rural and urban setting. The focus is going to be Dharmic education combined with modern education. Gurukul type of education. Man and machine making education.
Provide Dharmic education to all age groups via meditation, cultural and yoga centers.
Provide education to all age groups in respecting Mother Nature.
Do not exclude any other services.
These institutions have to be financially self-supporting in the long run.
Empower the Farmers
Farmers in India severely lack access to information which can significantly change their profession. The information includes weather report, crop price, diseases, how to etc.While technology is rapidly reaching the people to every corner of the world, Indian farmers can be provided with cheap and convenient tools to improve knowledge, productivity and income.
Focus of “NammaRaitha” Project from eKisaan foundation is to “Educate, Engage & Empower” our farming community. NammaRaitha is an intuitive interactive farmer’s platform, with multi language support, that acts as a catalyst to engage farmers, share best practices among farmers and facilitate higher interaction in the process.
As part of this “NammaRaitha” project, information will be shared in an interactive manner with our farming community. This information falls broadly into 3 categories – Crop related, Real-time information, Benefits & policies. In addition, Namma-Raitha platform focuses to continuously engage/interact with farmers bringing right SMEs as needed to make an immediate positive impact to farmers.
NammaRaitha is a platform that will act as a catalyst to share best practices among farmers and facilitate higher interaction. In addition, this project also aims at providing educational & basic healthcare info to farmer’s families. The tablet can be customized to a local language.
GIBV partner’s e-Kisaan tablet can be a great tool for farmers.
In this approach, A ‘kisaan club’ is formed in a village and a low-cost Tablet is provided to them which will cost around INR 10,000 ($150).
It will work both on-line and off-line