ENHANCING EFFICIENCY OF EDUCATION IN INDIAN RURAL SCHOOLS USING TECHNOLOGY
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a Fire -W. B Yeats
A nation can never reach glory unless the children of the nation are enlightened with education. With a vision to create an 'Atmanirbhar Bharat', NITIE has commenced the journey to bring meaningful change in the life of the children in rural areas using technology. This task is being undertaken by the Rural Education Transformation forum – PARIVATIAN. The forum aims to disseminate knowledge using technology and foster critical thinking and life skills among the bright young minds of students in India rural, a section often overlooked.
There is no second opinion about the crucial role that education plays in shaping an individual's personality. This constitutes the central focus of the National Education Policy (NEP). With the purpose of contributing to the implementation of NEP in effectuating holistic learning in rural schools and building an 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' envisioned by honorable prime minister Narendra Modiji, NITIE, under the guidance of Director Prof. Manoj Kumar Tiwari, NITIE has constituted Parivartan Forum. The objectives of the Forum are:
- Contributing to the implementation of NEP 2020 by implementing 'Technology Enabled Holistic Learning in Rural School’.
- Building cognitive and life skills among rural children
- Preservation and fostering Indian culture and ethos
- Promoting UN Sustainable Development Goals
The forum has focused on the creation of interactive educational videos for rural schools. Apart from imparting knowledge, various career guidance and skill-building initiatives are being undertaken.
Using technology, every Sunday Parivartan PGP students meet their mentees and have conversations. Different themes like knowledge about Indian Culture and Heritage, Life skills, character-building. The Mentorship program has successfully completed 440 hours of such one-on-one sessions. The mentorship program also emphasizes experiential learning, and students are given various tasks and activities to perform. Studied focus is given to the introduction of UN’s Sustainability Development Goals (SDG). UN SDG 3, 12, 15 that focuses on health and well-being, responsible consumption, and production & life on land were showcased by the mentees during various competitions held.
Inspired by the overwhelming accomplishment and response from the kids, we have successfully started the Phase-II of the mentorship program, this time with 41 mentors and mentees.
These activities are undertaken with the support of The Bombay mothers and children welfare society and focused on schools situated in Rajguru Nagar District.