Education experts speaks on innovative, progressive education to improve rural education in India

Think sharp Foundation is glad to summarise our recent activity of Facebook live sessions conducted in this blog. So far, we conducted 10 Facebook live sessions with various experts who talked on subjects educational described below:

Mr.Sharad Machale ( Headmaster, secretary Baramati Taluka Teachers Association) – Challenges and solutions for education sector during coronavirus pandemic.

He spoke on challenges to run schools during and after Covid-19 pandemic. He focused on maintaining social distancing in school, hygiene, student- teacher interaction, sports activities and more. To listen more –

Mr.Ananda Aanamwad ( Teacher Zilla Parished School, Malyan, Dahanu, Palghar, district level technology trainer and guide also state level KINO awardee winner)

He spoke on available technology for online learning for students and teachers. He also provided list of educational apps and resources available for online learning and use available technology effectively. To listen more –

Mr.Yogesh Dhaware (Teacher, Tongo international inventor awardee , National level Youth teachers federation award) – Creative education during coronavirus lockdown

Dhaware sir provided creativity-based learning ideas. This was very helpful considering current times when children are at home due to lockdown. He introduced good concept of “Ghar Ghar Pathshala” / Home schooling and provided more such ideas on creative solutions at home to teach kids. To listen more –

Mr.Sandip Pawar (Head Master, Zilla Parished School Jarewadi, Patoda, Beed, President awardee , ABP Maza news channel Mazha Katta panelist) -Community participation for progressive education

Pawar sir talked about how they motivated community to participate in development of school and provided pointers on how others can do it too. To listen more –

Mr.Arjun Koli ( Headmaster Nagar Palika Shala No.3, Karad, First ISO School In Maharashtra, State Awardee) – Increase in class count and learning outcomes.

Koli sir talked about how he increased the count of students in his school. He motivated children to come to school by involving parents. Parents were daily wage workers who used to go for work in daytime hence could not attention teacher parents meeting, so Koli sir started meeting at night. Once this meeting was successful, parents were on board to send children to school instead of making them work. To Listen more –

Mr.Prem Yadav (Co-founder and CEO Pratham infotech foundation) -Digital learning

Mr.Yadav shared new trend and in EdTech sector, he also shared his vision to improve technology based learning through their initiative Digital Sakshar. Free learning app for Maharashtra state board. Which is widely used across schools. To listen more –

Mr. Rahul Patil (Meteorological expert) – Climate literacy

Session introduced how students and teachers can participate in stopping climate change. The speaker Rahul Patil gave few more details on how to read weather, what books and websites can be referred to make children aware and interested about climate change. To listen more –

 Ms. Pranali Dhamanand (Early childhood expert and parent trainer) – Early childhood education

Ms. Pranali talked about very practical ideas for parents to start educating children at home. Shee have pointers for early childhood education i.e. 2 to 5 years. She made parents aware about activity based and experience-based methods to be used for this age group. To listen more –

Amit Kutwal (Program Manager, Thinksharp Foundation) – Challenges and solutions in digital learning in rural school

Mr.Amit shared data from his survey on what are current challenges and solutions available during lockdown period to conduct online learning sessions in rural schools. To listen more –

Our vision to work for betterment of rural education can be met when we reach beneficiary in every manner possible. We wanted to extend our reach to more teachers, parents, educationist, change makers and bring all together to share ideas and solutions regarding educational topics and it’s knowledge .

We will continue to invite such speakers frequently on our live sessions to reach more beneficiary and bring everyone on same level in terms of improving quality of education. If you or your acquaintance wants to share knowledge on such education related topics, reach out to us to schedule live session on our page.

Written By – Dr.Shraddha Bhange (Volunteer)


India education divide – rural education come to a standstill during lockdown

zoom session at Z.P School Ghore budruk, Haveli, Pune

Coronavirus Pandemic has made world come to a standstill. Even though it has been 3 months of lockdown, there is not complete recovery or change of situation.

Every industry including education sector has stopped working. Considering that there is no immediate vaccine or treatment in near future, the option we are left with is to face the situation together and find creative and effective solutions.

Usually in India the school reopens in June every year after summer holidays. However, considering this Coronavirus pandemic, restarting schools will aggravate the situation. But, on the other hand, keeping schools closed and children locked at home is also not a solution. Already the disruption of examinations and schools has affected children’s interest and slowed down the academics.

To find a balanced solution to this problem of loss of education of children, Thinksharp Foundation conducted a survey in 50 (Zilla Parished Schools) rural Government schools in Maharashtra.

We noted that these schools are trying their best to conduct school syllabus and avoid loss of interest of children via online method. They use online methods such as WhatsApp, zoom sessions etc. However, they are able to reach only 20% to 25% children due to various reasons. Few of the common reasons are parents do not have smart phones, or even if they have, the phones are not available when the online classes are conducted, network non availability, poor connection, electricity cut so phones are not charged etc. Hence only online classes cannot be the effective solution in rural schools.

We then discussed this problem and reached out for solutions to teachers, educationists, parents and other community members. Few solutions suggested are listed below:

  1. Govt should continue to broadcast syllabus on television. This will ensure that maximum children can have access and continue their academic syllabus study.
  2. Teachers should reach out to parents and share creative ideas of teaching academics at home.
  3. We should educate children on continuation of education in such situations of epidemics and pandemics.
  4. We as a community should come together, teachers reaching out to volunteers, parents and students coming together.

While we present few findings of survey on how corona affected education and share solutions, we still welcome comments regarding more solutions.

Written by
Dr.Shraddha Bhange (Volunteer)