Rural education in India during and post CORONA/COVID-19

Today, we all are fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, it has costed us human lives, caused economic loss, loss of our freedom, motivation and much more. While every sector/industry is facing losses and challenges due to COVID-19, I am going to discuss about challenges and loss in educational sector especially rural education in this blog. And also open up a dialogue on how to address this challenges.

Currently, due to COVID-19, exams are postponed, schools, colleges, universities are closed. In the beginning they were closed without further notice but it was assumed it will be for short period of time. However, looking at the bleak future, where we do not know when will we get cure or vaccine, everybody has started finding solutions in terms continuing classes via digital medium i.e webinars/video conferencing etc.

One key factor to understand here is the above digital medium is being used by private,international and urban education institutes. But the rural schools, specifically govt rural schools are lagging way behind.

We already know rural govt schools lag behind in infrastructure e.g. but not limited to lack of digital infrastructure (computers, projectors etc)  poor teacher student ratio, low attendance, parents who are unaware of importance of education and lack of their efforts to help their children get educated, financially backward families, non availability of continuous electricity and so on. All this factors make it a teacher dependent education system in rural govt schools, now to replace that with digital platform due to COVID-19 is challenging. On top of it, even if we decide to implement digital/online learning , there is lack of computers, internet, personal mobiles/ devices to connect video calling, webinars etc.

Rural govt schools are currently closed due to summer holidays, ideally they should re open in June first week as per every years process. But this year due to COVID-19, there is no clarity. The situation may result in extension of lock down or even if not, we have still lost a lot of valuable time and this schools may have lost time to finish exams, curriculum, and covering that will take efforts and time.

To prepare for smooth transition of learning for rural children which got disturbed due to COVID-19, we need to push ourselves and think of solutions of making digital learning available to rural children. We have been doing just that in 50 rural schools already. However we realize we were able to provide only digital projector and few laptops. But if situation like COVID-19 persists or in future we have more such situations, we might need to provide individual devices to rural children . As this children belong to financially week families, they do not own personal devices neither have internet.

Thinksharp Foundation is going to extend their thoughts and welcomes views and support on tackling this issue under project StudyMall, StudyMall currently provides library and digital learning facilities. But we are working on extending this to have laptops, individual personal devices etc for uninterrupted learning, for serving rural population.

We want to extend our work to create a financially viable and user friendly option to provide equal digital learning tools for rural children.

We welcome educationists, parent, children, policymakers, fellow NGOs to contribute to pool of ideas and frame solutions to solve this issue . Together lets help rural govt schools and rural children learn uninterrupted during and post COVID-19 period.

Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

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Impact Stories of StudyMall- Better rural education in villages

StudyMall is helping more than 5000 rural children read,learn and do better in studies. StudyMall has reached 33 schools in 33 villages of Maharashtra. While we do have many impact parameters and impact stories, today i would like to share 2 little recent stories about impact of StudyMall. This stories are shared from teachers of our StudyMall project with us.

One of our respected and committed teacher is Mr.Prakash Rajput sir who shares his message regarding impact of StudyMall in Z.P.School of Village Murumkhedwadi, Dist Aurangabad as below. He shared his heartfelt thanks with  us for sending computer in his small village located in mountains. He shared the joy of happiness that he witnessed on children’s faces when they saw the computer in their school. He is one of  our strongest supporter of digital education, who not only teaches children about digital technology but also shares about digital teaching tools with his fellow teachers via whatsapp group created for teachers. His commitment is inspirational and we are happy to have him as our team member. Students are equally committed in learning and reading better in this school.
His exact message is copied from whatsapp below which is in marathi.
*”Thanks to Thinksharp Foundation”**आज दि. ७/८/२०१८ रोजी मुरुमखेडावाडी शाळेत संगणक पोहचला व डोंगराळ भागात असलेल्या चिमुकल्यांनी प्रत्यक्ष शाळेत संगणक आलेला पाहून त्यांचा आनंद व उत्साह जणू वेगळी भरारी घेऊ पाहत होता.**मागील आठवडयात शाळेत असलेला Led Tv वर्गात बसविला पण पेनड्राईव्हची असलेली मर्यादा व विद्यार्थ्यांना पी.डी.एफ तथा Ppt दाखविता येऊ शकत नव्हते .**श्री संतोष फड सरांना याविषयी बोललो तेव्हा सरांनी त्यांच्या मिञांमार्फत Hp कंपनीचा Cpu उपलब्ध करुन दिला . सर फ्रान्सला गेलेले असतांना परदेशातून ही ते आपल्या मातीशी किती जुळले आहेत त्यांची प्रचिती मला आली.* *सरांचे या योगदानाबद्दल संपूर्ण शाळेच्या तसेच विद्यार्थ्यांच्या वतीने आभार
*प्रकाशसिंग राजपूत*व*दिलीप आढेसर*”
Another impact story is from  our partner school Z.P school, Aswalamba, Parli.V shared by our respected teacher Mr.Maharudra Katkade sir. He is sharing how digital learning is helping students from 6th std students to understand maths concepts better. He shares about his experience regarding how digital projector has made  it easy for him to teach difficult math concepts to 6th standard students.
His exact message is in marathi copied below
“*आज standard 6th च्या मुलांना प्रोजेक्टर वर संख्या रेषा वरील क्रिया,अपूर्णांक,सम मूल्य अपूर्णांक video मधून दाखवला आणि तो लगेच मुलांना समजला क्लास मध्ये ब्लॅक बोर्ड वर 2 वेळा शिकवला पण मुलांना समजत नव्हता…..जिल्हा परिषद प्राथमिक शाळा अस्वलांबा ता.परळी वैजनाथ जिल्हा.बीड*”
Stories like this give us an insight about how simple additional tools can help students,teachers and community in rural parts to achieve their best.
We thank all our supporters, donors and partner organizations for there help and support in creating this impact.
You can  also become our partner organisation,supporter, volunteer and you can choose to donate for our cause. Check  for more details on our website.

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Website- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

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Story about our supporters-Lets Tute and DHL Express India

We are  happy to share two stories regarding our partner organisation. This two organisations “Lets Tute” and “DHL Express India” have added value to our StudyMall project by adding education infrastructure for rural children in thier school which is interactive content to learn maths in effective manner and computers.

One of our StudyMall project in association with partner school at Karad, Dist-Satara received interactive,easy to learn Math books from our support organisation “LetsTute” on 19 July 2018.  We have received feedback from children that they are finding it easy to learn and enjoy maths. Teachers are also happy to use this content which makes teaching  more easy and effective .

Additonaly,happy to share that DHL Express India, has joined us to improve quality of rural education in Gov.Schools in Maharashtra. They have donated 29 laptops (used but remodelled in working condition). This laptops are used for setting up computer labs in rural schools. This was possible becuase of our supporter organisation Samhita GoodCSR who connected us with DHL Express India. We already set up one computer lab with help of this laptops at our StudyMall in Village Antradneed, Dist Raigad  on 28 June 2018 and one at Village Murumkhedwadi,District Aurangabad on 07 Aug 2018. This computer lab is helping now more than 400 rural children in becoming computer literate. Teachers are happy, and are uable to teach in  interactive manner by utilising laptops.

Let’s tute (Universal Learning Aid) is an E-learning company based in Mumbai which is helping rural children in making there learning journey more enjoyable. Their goal is to make some meaningful positive impact in education segment by providing quality education content to all students who want to explore, visualize and apply their learning to real life. They explain concepts in a very detailed and logical manner and they put focus on ‘self-learning’ and not teaching. Students need not mug up anything or try to remember things but they should be able to understand it in a way that the knowledge stays with them for life.They create content for various subjects such as Mathematics, Biology, Physics etc. Their content is useful for any student from any country pursuing any board/university. Our content takes them beyond class rooms, text books, examinations and marks. You can read more about them https://letstute.com/AboutUs

DHL is world’s leading logistics company, and there CSR  mission is to connect people and improve their lives and they are fulfilling it by taking up a special responsibility towards there employees, society and the environment. They are doing an amazing job and we are humbled to have chance of working with them. We really appreciate there support and commitment in helping rural children’s education by there donation of laptops.

 

You can  also become our partenr organisation,supporter, volunteer or you can choose to donate for our cause. Check  for more details on our website http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

You can also become our partner organisation, supporter, volunteer and you can choose to donate for our cause. Check for more details on our website

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Website- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/ThinkSharpFoundation

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-4cDXLuwAThHXhNOazv5KA

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TISS AESDII CSR conclave 2018

Our founder Santosh Phad attended TISS AESDII CSR Conclave on 21 May 2018 at Mumbai.Many inputs and guidance from  Mr.Nadir Godrej (MD ,Godrej Industries Ltd), Ms.Shweta Shalini ED, Village Social Transformation Foundation , Mr.Batliwala (Financial Adviser, TISS ) Mr.Rohan Sarma (Head TISS AESDII), Mr.Balasubramaniam (Founder, GRAAM) was received and we had an opportunity to meet many corporate CSR partners who were present for this 3 days event.

TISS AESDII (TISS Assessment & Empanelment Standards for Development Institutions in India) is an conference/event that was held between May 21 and 23, 2018, at Tata Institute Of Social Sciences.The TISS AESDII is an initiative to create a model to evaluate, assess, accredit and build capacities of Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) and Social Sector Organisations (SSOs) through robust multi-layered processes that stress adherence to several parameters, a combination of financial and programmatic. To read more about it click here  Click to read more

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Website- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/ThinkSharpFoundation

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-4cDXLuwAThHXhNOazv5KA

 

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27th and 28th StudyMall at Palaskheda Murthad and Zavkheda Thombre village

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