Helping them get Quality Education through Latest Technology
A private initiative has changed the concept of education in rural areas with parents and students in remote villages realising their dreams of getting quality education and empowerment of knowledge through the latest technology.
Children in villages studying in government schools, which lack basic facilities, are now provided quality education online free through the initiative taken up by Everonn Education Ltd. The initiative covers 8,432 schools in 26 States.
Chief Operating Officer of Everonn Skill Development Ltd. N.V.R. Nathan, which is part of Everonn Education Ltd., said here on Tuesday that a majority of the 8,432 schools were government-run in remote rural areas.
In all the schools, classes are being conducted in digitalised format adopting CBSE syllabus and using VSAT-enabled virtual and interactive classrooms. Dr. Nathan said that education is provided in audio-visual format making the experience in schools for students more interesting.
This has also helped in extending the services of the cream of the teaching faculty to all the schools online.
Started 23 years ago a small way in Udhagamandalam in Tamil Nadu with five computers in a school, the initiative has grown into a big banyan tree extending educational empowerment in 8,432 schools, including those in naxal-infested areas of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand.
“Even in naxal-infested areas, the schools are run normally without any intervention from anybody,” he said. Dr. Nathan said that in most of the States, Everonn was operating these schools on build own operate transfer (BOOT) basis.
Everonn, after constructing classrooms in schools, operates them for a few years before handing them over to the State Governments.
More than 800 schools, which were operated on BOOT basis, have now been transferred to the Governments and Everonn continued to provide online education to these schools.
Even in schools operated by Everonn fee is not collected from children and the Government reimburses the expenditure incurred by Everonn in extending quality education.
Dr. Nathan said that even in these schools there was one facilitator and a few teachers, but most of the classes are conducted online through interactive mode.
Highly experienced teachers sitting in the studios of Everonn interacted with students through LCD screens installed in classrooms, he added. In the naxal-infested Jharkhand State, Dr. Nathan said, the experiment of digital school had been a success.
More than 100 schools have been opened in remote villages in a year, and these schools were so popular that people from neighbouring villages were migrating to such villages where the schools have been established to enrol their children.
Dr. Nathan said that students are trained from kindergarten to 12th standard in these schools.
“Our main focus is not only to provide quality education to the deprived sections of society but also to bring in changes in the teaching format of traditional schools and in the way lessons are imparted to children,” he added.