North-East India occupies a distinctive place primarily due to its social, cultural, political, geographical and historical features. Geographical factors and infrastructural constraints have hindered the expected growth in the educational system. Out of the seven-sisters, Arunachal Pradesh having the lowest literacy rate of 54.3%, seems to have failed to catch up with the rest of the sisters.
Any educational system rest on three pillars- access, equity and quality. Introduction of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and RTE have been successful to raise the enrolment numbers, but have failed to address the issue of quality. Degrading quality of education requires innovative and technological intervention. Research has shown that students remember 10% of what they hear, 20% of what they read and 80% of what they see and do. Conventional textbook, chalk and board teaching fails to help students visualise making it tricky to understand some concepts, audio-visual aids having animated and contextualised lectures ensures easy explanation and maximum retention of the concepts.
Taking a giant leap, Namsai, a four-year-old district has become the first district in Arunachal Pradesh to introduce the revolutionary audio-visual teaching method in schools. District administration joined hands with Eckovation to launch the Unnayan initiative to bring a change in the current education landscape of conventional learning process. With the introduction of technology in classrooms, we believe to create an Education scenario that keeps abreast to the needs of our future geniuses. The teachers, district administration and Eckovation have come together to deliver quality education to the young minds ready to become the future of the country.
Seeing the meagre passing percentage of 16.89% in class 10th during the 2017-18 academic session, we decided to target class 10 students across 14 secondary and higher secondary schools for the pilot phase. In the month of January, a specially designed four-week crash course program was started with the aim to familiarise the students to the new method and help them with the revision in order to improve the overall performance in CBSE boards.
With the introduction of this innovative method, schools had a surge in attendance and students were highly interested. The toughest concepts were explained in such a easy way that students and teachers couldn’t help but applaud. Students were able to see the chemical reaction of an acid and metal occurring live and were in awe when they realised that they’ve been witnessing chemical reactions all their lives at their home when the milk got sour or when their favourite dishes were cooked.
Ms. Gunjan Kumari, social science teacher from GSS Manhofai was awestruck when her students requested for an extra class of geography and history, who otherwise wouldn’t even turn up to the school. She was so happy to see raised hands waiting for their turn to answer a question in the same class where she had to drop the question and answer it herself earlier. In her words, “It was an overwhelming feeling when one day students came up to say that they feel happy coming to school and won’t be leaving blank sheets in the exam this time”.
While students are the future of country, teachers are the ones who nurture these young brains and we are equally sensitive to the needs of teachers as we’re to the students.
According to the teachers, the audio-visual lectures have helped them even more than these helped the students. The lecture videos are accessible to the teachers and they can pre-plan their lessons for a more effective class. They no longer have to worry about how to get the students to imagine and visualise a colour change in the reaction or burning of sodium in air or the complex structures of the human body because they got their helping hand, the audio-visual lectures to do the job.
When it’s last 30 days to the boards and you want to score, there is no Sunday for you. With Unnayan and its multi-platform approach, students put their smart phones to good use and got their questions answered even on a Sunday by their teachers and our experts in Delhi. Anamika, a student from GSS Namsai says’ “I used to travel to my teacher’s place on Sunday to had a doubt clarified about a topic that I missed in the class, but now I just rewatch the videos and get it done over the Eckovation App’.
The pilot phase came to an end in february and we had our results about how the initiative performed. The Impact of Unnayan in such a short span was more than anyone could have ever imagined!
A remarkable improvement in subject-wise performance has been seen among the students. Multiple revision sessions backed up with interactive videos explaining the difficult concepts in an easier way for better conceptual understanding.
A baseline test was conducted before the commencement of the week to evaluate the students’ understanding of concepts, at the end of the week after the Unnayan sessions a final analysis test was conducted to analyse the difference and it turned out to be a significant increase than the baseline test.
While the pilot phase of Unnayan has been successful and passed the test with flying colours, let’s wait for the board results and see how our students perform because that’s our real test.