COMPUTERS MAKE LEARNING EASY!

Srinivas during a Digital Equalizer class in the computer lab at Zilla Parishad High School, Telangana. Photograph by Prashant Panjiar

“Computers make learning easy. Before, I couldn’t understand diagrams which were explained theoretically. Now, with Digital Equalizer, science is fun,” says Srinivas.

SRINIVAS is a grade 7 student of Zilla Parishad High (ZPH) Government School in Karimnagar district, Telangana. Like many government schools, ZPH struggled with lack of finances, teachers and trainers, and poor student attendance and retention rates.

Enter AIF’s Digital Equalizer program, which uses digital technology to bridge the educational and digital divide in India. It transforms under-resourced schools into dynamic places to teach and learn through collaborative, project-based learning.

The program equipped Srinivas’ school with a computer lab, edukits, flipped classroom and digital content for Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, English, IT literacy and Financial literacy. The school and students experience subjects through the digital lens.This has improved their comprehension and made learning an engaging and fun interaction.

The students have access to quality education and a robust learning environment, usually available only in private schools. Digital Equalizer has resulted in improved learning outcomes and better retention rates amongst students of ZPH school. Teachers acknowledge the positive impact of the integration of technology as a pedagogical tool.

Srinivas’ teacher, A. Venkateshwarlu has taught Science for eight years. “The Experifun Science Learning kits have enhanced the comprehension abilities of students. They understand the more complex concepts and topics, because of the hands-on experience,” he says.

Besides quality education, Digital Equalizer focuses on the overall growth of students as individuals. It empowers them to be more self-reliant, boosts their confidence and helps them develop career goals and address crucial topics like hygiene and sanitation.

Srinivas’ sister, Anjali appreciates his well- rounded behavior as a student, a teenager, and a brother. “He is good at his studies and helpful at home. He fetches water from a nearby canal, buys vegetables, and cooks basic foods such as omelets, rice, etc.,” she says.

Srinivas’ parents couldn’t afford to educate their older children but want Srinivas to complete his education. “I want to become an engineer. My financial literacy classes will help me to save money and construct a house for my family,” says a confident Srinivas.

AIF’s Digital Equalizer program empowers students like Srinivas to take small steps towards their dreams. It bridges the digital divide in government schools in India to ensure that quality education is accessible to them.

In keeping with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the focus on quality education (SDG 4), the DigitalEqualizer program lays the foundation of sustainable development by preparing students to be self-reliant. It boosts economic growth by enhancing their skills for better livelihood opportunities and promotes gender equality (SDG 5).

 

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