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Education Department Launches School Transformation Project in Remote, Network Shadow Villages

The Education Department, Government of Sikkim, recently launched the first phase of its Remote School Transformation Project in Lingzya JHS, Tingvong SS and Namprik JHS, three network shadow villages of the Upper Dzongu area of North District. The Remote School Transformation Project is a collaborative effort between the Education Deptt and 17000 ft Foundation. The project aims to upgrade Govt. Schools in physically remote & network shadow regions of Sikkim with child friendly school infrastructure, improved learning resources and capacity building of teachers to increase enrollment and enhance learning levels of children.

The project was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Education Minister Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha in a first of its kind launch in the remote village of Lingzya on December 17, 2021, along with the senior delegates of the Education Dept. local senio officials and Dr. (Vet. Lt. Gen) Rajan S Grewal, Vice Chancellor, Sikkim Manipal University - sponsors for the project in the three schools. The event was also attended by Panchayat members and parents in full force.

The project sponsored by The Manipal Foundation and implemented by 17000 ft Foundation, provides each of the three schools with outdoor playground equipment consisting of slides, swings, see-saws etc. for children, a brightly coloured and decorated library with age-appropriate books and a highly specialized Solar Powered Offline Digital Learning Solution, called the DigiLab, with a Solar Panel, Battery, 30 Tablets, a mini Server, desks and chairs, flooring and paint for the DigiLab Room. The DigiLab Solution provides engaging and interactive content for the children even in network shadow areas to learn at their level, while also allowing for remote monitoring and tracking through the presence of a specially built last mile connectivity App.

Soon the project will be implemented in 100 such remote schools