Lack of access to technology and internet are one of the key challenges faced in rural communities in India. Tech-to-teach is aimed to provide quality education in rural areas via an end-to-end model. The project establishes a network between businesses who can provide relatively old tech devices and communities which require an e-learning center to train and empower children for the future-of-work.
Tech-to-Teach: End-to-end offline-education model
While much of rural India lacks access to quality education in general, this has been particularly exemplified in the last few years by the reliance on online learning. 946 million (96%) of rural Indian population lacks access to computers (1) and around 700 million (71%) people in rural India lacks access to internet (2). Tech-to-Teach aims to bridge this gap to empower local communities, by developing e-learning centers in communities to transform the learning experience and prepare the children for the digital future.
At the heart of the project lies close cooperation with businesses The businesses would provide the digital devices which are not needed by them. The devices would be data formatted and installed with an off-line e-learning tool (like Kolibri). The curriculum would be developed for children between the age of 10 to 18, having a focus on both hard skills (math, science etc.) and soft skills (language, entrepreneurship, communication etc.). The devices would then be transported from Tech-to-Teach hubs to respective learning centers in rural areas. The teaching via the apps would be in gamified form to improve classroom engagement, moving from traditional learning methods to a more enriching learning experience.
The project is driven by the fundamentals of sustainability and an equitable future, by maximizing resource utilization to provide basic opportunities via education to everyone. The tangible impacts would be realized in the local economy where proliferation of tech knowledge would open local employment opportunities for the children, boost their confidence, and improve their soft skills (e.g., language). Furthermore, this project opens an important dialogue between the different stakeholders to collectively address important challenges at the most grassroot level and directly or indirectly impact other sustainable development goals (e.g., Gender equality, escaping poverty to name a few) by utilizing strengthening global partnerships (SDG17).