In Vijaywada, Vidya Varadhi vehicle reaches to remotest areas of 13 districts where digital education is scarce. A flagship project by the Department of School Education, Vidya Varathi is a mobile classroom fitted with upscale audio visual gadgets to help students who are devoid of Internet and resources to continue with education.
“Of the 38 lakh students in the State, nearly 1.2 lakh fall under the ‘No Tech’ category. The vehicles will reach remote areas and impart lessons,” explained B Pratap Reddy, Director, Andhra Pradesh State Council of Educational Research and Training.
Even though online education has gained momentum in the state, it remains a far-fetched dream in rural areas of the district prompting the department to secure a way for teaching students confined to their homes. Teachers, residing in the adjoining rural areas, have been instructed to aid the students and clear their doubts.
Mandal Educational Officers select lessons, rhymes, videos and other educational content depending on the age group it is catering to.
Previously Vidya Varathi had been run for a demo and it had been decided to allot three vehicles to each of the 13 districts. “These classrooms will focus on bridge courses and other key points highlighted in classroom teaching,” commented Reddy.