Ursuline Convent in Ranchi is one of the schools that will introduce smart classes
Being smart doesn’t come with a price tag.
This is what the Jharkhand chapter of NGO Pratham will try to prove through an e-learning initiative that will be introduced for schoolchildren soon.
The “Learn Out of the Box Programme” will include bilingual audio-visual classes with special focus on mathematics and science for sixth and seventh graders hailing from lower-income groups.
The NGO will start classes in 1,000 schools across the country, of which 100 are located in Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Giridih, Dhanbad and Deoghar.
District superintendent of education Jayant Mishra helped the NGO identify 30 schools — 10 government and 20 private Hindi medium.
These schools have students who come from homes with annual income below Rs 6,000 per annum. Also, these schools have uninterrupted power supply.
Among the schools that are to host the smart classes were Government Middle School in Doranda, Balika Government Middle School in Lalgutwa, St Kuldip High School, Ursuline Convent and Ratu Adivasi Bal Vikas Vidhalaya. Each cradle will get an LCD monitor, a Net connection and a portable web box for the project that has Vodafone Foundation as its official sponsor.
Jharkhand regional programme manager Smita Routh said they were in the process of handing over equipment to the schools. “Every school must hold the classes on at least four days a week,” she added.
As many as 40 students have been selected from each schools. The selection was based on the student’s regularity and academic performance.
Prior to this, Pratham held a training programme from July 31 to August 4 for 60 teachers — two from each school in Ranchi — to make them understand the concept of the smart class.
The trained teachers will teach students with the help of videos, images and designed curriculum.
State head of Pratham K. Katyayani said the curriculum had been chalked out based on the NCERT syllabus. “Study materials are ready in both Hindi and English, so that students get a better grasp of the subject once it is shown on LCD screens,” he added.