PraDigi Open Learning: Transforming Rural India
Pratham is a non-governmental organization, focusing on high-quality, low-cost and replicable interventions to address gaps in the Indian education system. Co-founder Madhav Chavan is interested in using technology for education but differed in the way it is used in schools in India. He believes that technology allowed flexibility and non-linearity in exploring knowledge while the school classroom is based on a rigid and linear path of learning textbook lessons for the sake of examinations. Keeping this in mind, Chavan designs a digital initiative, PraDigi Open Learning, to improve basic numeracy and literacy skills among children in rural India. Electronic tablets pre-loaded with content are distributed in a few villages to help increase children's engagement with learning. Self-directed peer group learning is encouraged. The tablets trigger the children's curiosity. Post-COVID 19, when children are not able to attend class because of the lockdown, Chavan wonders how PraDigi Open Learning can be scaled and aligned with school education to ensure uninterrupted learning.