The Ministry of Human Resource Development on July 28, 2020 launched Indian Report on Digital Education, 2020. It elaborates on innovative methods adopted by States/Union Territories for ensuring accessible, inclusive education to children.
Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Minister of Human Resource Development said, “The report elaborates on the innovative methods adopted by Education Departments of States and Union Territories for ensuring accessible and inclusive education to children at home and reducing learning gaps,”
Digital initiatives by HRD Ministry
The ministry has launched projects like DIKSHA, On Air- Shiksha Vani, Swayam Prabha TV Channel, DAISY by NIOS for differently-abled and many more. The objective was to assist the pursuit of learning of various stakeholders like teachers, scholars and students.
The official release states, “Some of the major digital initiatives by State Governments are SMILE (Social Media Interface for Learning Engagement) in Rajasthan, Project Home Classes in Jammu, Padhai Tunhar duvaar (Education at your doorstep) in Chhattisgarh, Unnayan Initiatives in Bihar through portal and mobile application, Mission Buniyaad in NCT of Delhi among others.”
Remote and Inclusive Learning through Digital projects
States have facilitated remote learning by launching mobile Apps and portals. Madhya Pradesh has launched Top Parent App, a free mobile app that empowers parents of young children (3-8 years) with knowledge and strategies around child development to help them meaningfully engage with their children. “To ensure inclusive learning in remote areas where internet connectivity and electricity is poor and sporadic, States and UTs have also distributed textbooks at children’s doorsteps. Some of the states that have taken this initiative to reach students are Odisha, Madhya Pradesh (under Dakshata Unnayan Programme), Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, etc.”
The release also mentions the initiatives taken by many states towards inclusive learning. “in Arunachal Pradesh, primary class students are receiving radio talks in their mother tongue through All India Radio, Itanagar. The districts of Jharkhand have localised actual teachers addressing children through regional Doordarshan and available radio slots.”