Dhubri, a remote district in Northeast India, run through by Brahmaputra River and inter-spread into various riverine islands, has set up a perfect example of public education system, where government schools, department of education and district administration with the technical and operational support from Eckovation has created an educational revolution. The students, teachers, district administration and Eckovation are the drivers of change to deliver quality education at the doorstep of students who otherwise cannot even afford to avail it owing to the economic and locational constraints.
Abhyudaya Dhubri : Innovative model to ensure quality education to all the students using technology
The general view about the indian public school system with muddled infrastructure, shortage of staff and poor performance of students, the situation in Dhubri is even more complex. Most of the students come from BPL families and geographically remote riverine island regions where they need to make a choice between going to school or go for daily wagers work to support their families livelihood. Many students just take admission to become beneficiaries of Government Schemes like Mid Day Meal, school uniforms, completely free education supported by required books and notebooks. This has become the major reason for the poor ratio of number of students attending the school regularly to the number of students registered in schools and hence poor learning outcomes of students.
With the support from highly enthusiastic Mr. Anant Lal Gyani, Deputy Commissioner (DC), Dhubri, we decided to start the project small, including only 10 schools in the pilot phase which had sufficient attendance so that a measurable impact could be made. We created a long list based on data that we had on papers. Out of that, we studied 35 schools and finalised only 10 schools for the pilot. This was big challenge for Eckovation to ensure the reach of quality education to these students. Based on our field study and observations in the district with it’s unique socio-economic complexities, we prepared a solution for ensuring the Quality Education in the public schools of the district. This innovative and scalable is based on three key features: Assessment and continuous monitoring; Contextualised Learning and Multi-Platform Learning Facilities.
Importance of projects like Abhyudaya in Assam
1. Improving Accessibility to Quality Education: Mobile technology to ensure reach of education in ‘Riverine island region of Brahmaputra’
Abhyudaya Dhubri Project in the government schools of Dhubri District has helped in adoption of latest technologies in the present education system of the district. The project has helped make the best use of omnipresence of Mobile Technology and internet connection even in the remotest regions of the District and thus improving accessibility to Quality Education at the palms of the students through a Mobile App where all the animated and interactive video lectures and 24×7 Doubt Discussion with teachers is accessible to students. Unlike the concept of Smart Classrooms, the Abhyudaya Project ensures accessibility to the Quality Learning Material to students 24×7 through Eckovation Mobile App. This has helped students in regularly revising key concepts and stay connected with their teachers.
2. Improving Learning Outcomes of students by making learning process interesting
The new fun filled way of learning has helped in better conceptual understanding among students. There focus has shifted from memorising to understanding. The real life examples used in the VR-based learning modules has created interest among students about learning something new each day.
This has resulted in better attendance in schools and a visible improvement in learning outcomes of the students in the 10 schools selected for Pilot Phase.
The efficient use of existing infrastructure and resources is ensured to make the project economical and scalable. The existing dust taking ICT infrastructure available in schools is used to take Abhyudaya Classes in Schools.
4. Inclusion of technology for monitoring and accountability in the current education system
This unique model provided a single platform to all the stakeholders involved in the execution of the initiative; all the teachers, education department, IT team to connect and communicate with Eckovation Team and District Administration. The problems faced in implementation are directly communicated to the every tier of administration, minimizing the communication gap. This also helped teachers getting recognition for their consequential efforts along with motivation and idea from other teachers.
The district administration of this remotely located district in Assam has changed the perception of government systems and the public education system. Team Abhyudaya has worked with minimal resources and has set an example for the country.