“I am now interested in things that people think only boys love doing”

Pallavi’s parents hail from a remote village of Satara in Maharashtra. For generations, they have cultivated paddy fields, a traditional family occupation. They now are eager for their children to break out from the cycle of poverty, through the promise of a better education.

Around 250 miles away, Pallavi goes to a school covered by AIF’s Digital Equalizer program. Her parents have sent her to live with an aunt in the big city and attend a local government school, where they hope she will have a better chance at education. All of 13 years, Pallavi, now in 9th Grade, says that though she misses her parents, she understands that education will open new career pathways for her.

India is a country marked by deep digital and educational inequalities. In the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic, such inequalities are accentuated. Since March 2020, with the establishment of social isolation measures, a large part of the educational system has adopted measures to continue teaching through distance education or remote learning. Digital learning holds much promise for today’s students, preparing them to be productive members of a society that is increasingly powered by technology. Students must be prepared to continually learn new skills throughout their lives as they embrace an exciting future we cannot predict.

To that end, AIF’s Digital Equalizer program promises to have a positive profound impact on how students learn and teachers teach the upcoming generation. AIF has been working to revitalize public education  in India by bringing technology to under-resourced government schools and utilizing technology to transform teaching and learning into a collaborative, project-based learning environment through Digital Equalizer. To date, the Digital Equalizer has reached more than four million children.

Students are encouraged to experiment, investigate, act, observe, and collaborate; for a student to fully understand a concept it is important for them to experience it firsthand. This approach leads to higher engagement, and also helps build relevance and connections between technology, the content, and the student.

We believe that technology, when placed in the right role, can create more personalized, active and engaged learning, and make a tremendous difference in the future of education and the future of our learners #EducationChangesEverything

 

As Director of Communications and Advocacy, Rowena Kay Mascarenhas holds the global responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of AIF’s marketing, communications, and advocacy strategies across the Head Office, Country Office and Regional Offices.

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