Teachers shape students minds with knowledge and creativity, teachers also guide them in various phases of student life, as they progress from school to college to university. Good teachers are the reason why ordinary students achieve extraordinary goals.
This year, the Teacher’s Day was very special for us, two teachers enrolled under our Digital Equalizer (DE) Program were awarded for excellence in teaching. It was an exciting moment for Ms. Shaila R.N from Karnataka and Ms. Madhu Kuksal from Uttarakhand, as they were honored for their outstanding performances.
Ms. Shaila, R.N was conferred the National Level Best Teacher Award 2017 by Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India during an event organized by Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Department of School, Education & Literacy, Government of India. The event was organized in New Delhi on 5 September, 2018. National Awards for Teachers confers public recognition to the meritorious services of teachers working in Primary, Middle and Higher Secondary Schools. This award is a recognition of Ms. Shaila’s hard work to improve the overall infrastructure of Government High School school, Bengaluru, while also making a a positive difference in the lives of several students through her service as a Science teacher.
AIF’s Digital Equalizer beneficiaries from Governmentt Girls Inter College (GGIC), Rajpur Road in Dehradun were thrilled to learn that their teacher Ms. Madhu Kuksal had received the Governor’s Teachers Award 2018. In the state of Uttrakhand, the Governor announces special awards on Teachers Day, September 05. Ms. Kuksal was felicitated by Uttarakhand’s Governor- Smt. Baby Rani Maurya for excellence in teaching Science received a cash award of Rs10,000/-. The Governors Award for excellence in teaching is presented every year to Primary and Secondary School teachers in Uttarakhand state of India.
“I became a teacher because I always wanted to make my contribution to change the world. I always wanted to integrate technology into the classroom, for that I also did a six months diploma course on learning technology. Fortunately, in July 2015 Digital Equalizer program of AIF was implemented in our schools. Through its use of teaching-learning materials, this program has helped me in turning Science into an interesting subject in the classroom.”
Sneha, Class 10 student at GGIC shares, “Our science teacher- Ms. Kuksal makes the classroom more interesting and fun. We learn everything though practice. She encourages us to make projects on various topics in science, and this helps us to understand concepts easily.”
In India, where 70% of the Government schools lack technology, Digital Equalizer is leading large scale reform by providing and integrating technology into India’s under-resourced public schools. Digital Equalizer builds the capacities of teachers in utilizing technology to digitally empower students, enhancing both classroom and out-of-school learning experience.