The Touch of Technology
With technology seeping into every aspect of our life, it is difficult to keep children away from it. The challenge is to best utilise it in making lives better. Technology is not a luxury anymore, but a necessity that can help students in enhancing their learning experiences. However, the public schools in the villages of Haryana were not digitally driven, resulting in students scoring lower than the national average and reduced interest in learning. They needed a push, an upgrade, which came to them in the disguise of Raman Kant Munjal Foundation, with support from Hero MotoCorp CSR. We launched Saksham Haryana technology pilots intending to improve learning experiences through technology solutions such as smart classes, tablets, and more. Our attempts completely transformed the way children were taught and brought these schools on par with their urban counterparts.
Breaking Away from the Obsolete
Saksham Haryana has four key objectives:
- Improve the learning journey for elementary school students
- Focus on Teaching English & Enhance their Communication Skills
- Introduce a Competitive exam environment for Secondary School Students
- Provide career counseling to help students explore their options
Improve the learning journey for elementary school students
Focus on Teaching English & Enhance their Communication Skills
Introduce a Competitive exam environment for Secondary School Students
Provide career counseling to help students explore their options
How We Do It / Technology that Enhanced Learning Experiences
These projects were implemented by Raman Kant Munjal Foundation with the hope that this model can be replicated for other public schools not only in Haryana but across the country. These technological pilots were established on two pillars—smart classes and tab labs.
The concept of the smart class was based on having a dedicated room with a massive LED screen, speakers and an inverter. These screens would project interactive learning sessions for children, while assisted by a teacher. The obsolete method of teaching in a classroom was enhanced with this digital experience.
It is a universal fact that children enjoy watching videos on tablets. However, Raman Kant Munjal Foundation turned it into an opportunity to engage children in interactive educational content by providing 30 tablets and headphones. Just like a science lab, there was a dedicated room for this learning experience too. This helped in making learning a fun event for the students. Teachers were trained to use tablets so that they could monitor and track the academic performance of their students.
Impact / Highlights
- 20 Government Schools Transformed
- 5,000+ Students are learning English and Mathematics on apps.
- 3000+ students are learning Karadi Path English in Smart Classes.
- 4000+ students of classes 11 and 12 are provided on choosing career paths.
- 2000+ students are preparing online for various competitive examinations for banks, railways, etc.