Amid the COVID Pandemic, online learning, especially for students from low-income families, has been a big challenge. According to the data collected from the 32,000 students that Teach For India serves, it has been seen that 46% of the students do not have a reliable device to learn on, 20% of the students have migrated while 35% of the required financial and food relief during the lockdown. Realising the importance of technology and its role in addressing this challenge, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Tech For India have come together and have announced their three-year commitment to ensure learning does not stop.
With a focus on secondary school students, Teach For India in partnership with Michael & Susan Dell Foundation will procure and distribute 3000 tablets among students of Grades 6 to 10 across Mumbai, Delhi, and Pune. The aim is to help at least 15000 students gaining access to learning through technology. The two organisations will work together to promote blended learning, a mix of individualized online learning and traditional face-to-face learning, to help students build 21st-century skills.
Teach For India’s main aim is to distribute 3000 gadgets to students who do not have access to any digital infrastructure required to partake in virtual learning. When schools reopen, these gadgets will be reallocated in a ‘device library’ format where each gadget can be shared by at least 5 students, expanding the impact to 15000 students in the near future.
Teach For India fellows have been using innovative teaching techniques and methodologies to make learning accessible to students all across the country. The funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation will also be used to support close to 80 Fellows across Mumbai, Delhi, and Pune over the next three years so that their students receive the right education they deserve.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity and support being offered by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation during this crucial time where so many of our children are experiencing a loss in learning. Their commitment to put devices into the hands of our children not only demonstrates their agility in responding to a crisis but also exemplifies how committed they are to India achieving true equity,” CEO and Founder of Teach For India, Shaheen Mistri said.
Since the start of lockdown in March 2020, 32,000 Teach For India students have been using different forms of blended learning as a pilot. Teach For India aims to make all the learnings from the implementation of blended learning accessible to all from the education sector who wish to leverage the learnings of this pilot program.
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