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IDFC Foundation

Digishala

Helping families in underprivileged communities by being a part of the digital revolution - promoting digital literacy among their children.

Quick Glance

Our endeavour is to make sure that more and more rural families are led to the path of digital literacy, which is why we have setup 18 Digishalas in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. With competently trained 33 DigiGurus to guide over 6000 school children in government schools, change is inevitable.

Impact

  • Schools
    18Digishalas
  • digigurus
    33DigiGurus
  • student
    6,346 Students
  • digigurus
    4Trainings for DigiGurus
  • baseline
    Baseline test completed
Success Stories

Success Stories

Varsha had a home like any other with her mother beside her while her father earned for the family as an auto driver. But what she lacked was the right training to get ahead in the field of education.

However, all of that changed when we along with Pratham Info Tech Foundation started an innovative Computer Aided Learning (CAL) program. Varsha was thrilled to operate a computer on her own! She not only learnt Word and Excel but also let her artistic side take over whenever she used Paint. In fact, she even knows how to book train tickets, pay bills, use net banking, and shop online.

Varsha didn’t just stop at learning new skills, but she enthusiastically taught and still teaches her friends. Someday she hopes to become a doctor and is keen to put these new skills and technology to use in order to increase her knowledge.

The thought

The Thought

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India’s level of digital literacy is very low mainly because of the low level of education and income of the masses. We wanted to participate in the transformation of the rural households into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. Through this programme we plan to increase computer literacy among students as well as teachers, improve the grasp of language subjects and maths through computer based-learning and increase the enrolment rate also reducing school drop-outs. Quote

The Approach

In support of the Government of India’s Digital India programme, we adopted schools in rural Madhya Pradesh and provide digital education to students in primary, upper primary and high school. We have partnered with Pratham Infotech Foundation for 18 months for this initiative. Government schools were selected based on criteria such as space and electricity for the digital learning centres, scheduling support, willingness to participate and sustain beyond the intervention period. This was followed up by the recruitment of local instructors (DigiGurus), training them and developing a curriculum for the students.

In each centre we have provided computers along with the related hardware, furniture, educational software and books along with an annual maintenance service. The course has been structured based on class level as per:

ORGANISATIONAL IMPROVEMENT

Primary school

  • School syllabus and introduction to basic computers. Enhance basic competencies such as knowledge of numbers, operations on numbers, geometry, recognition of vowels and consonants, word formation, basic English vocabulary, pronunciation, recognition of measurements, recognition of direction, map reading, social studies and general knowledge
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT

Upper Primary

  • Introduction to application software. Project-based learning - “learning by doing” through problem-solving using Office Automation, Graphics Design and Internet tools. Develop logical thinking competencies to aid the current math and science curriculum, develop skills essential for learning computer programming and promote a collaborative learning environment.
ADVOCACY WITH GOVT. OF MAHARASHTRA

High School

  • Project based learning module, students link their daily activities and surrounding incidences with technology. Graphics, animation and basic programming languages.

About Pratham Infotech Foundation

As a non-profit organisation that works in India to bridge the digital divide, Pratham provides quality education to the underprivileged children of India, runs IT based training, educational and community capacity building programs and much more.

Learn more about them here

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