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Electrifying and Providing Digital Access in Rural Schools


Ladakh is spread over 60,000 sq. km. of harsh mountain terrain, with a few hundred tiny, hamlets dotting its landscape. With distances and inaccessible terrains leading to problems of access, what the system needs, are interventions that will help bridge the gap between these remote, isolated schools and the rest of the world. Technology, therefore becomes an important enabler and leveler, which can help bring much needed developmental efforts to the children of this region.

DigiLab@17000ft is a joint program with our corporate donor - Axis Bank - and aims at improving education through providing access to digital hardware and learning content for teachers and students. The Program has been implemented by setting up Digital Labs in each of the selected schools - consisting of tablets, an LED T.V, a Raspberry Pi Server, to be powered by Solar Electricity. The project consists of the following components :

· Solar Panel – To power up the school for setting up a Digital Lab and providing electricity for the Computer Room

· Digital Lab – 8 Android Laptops for students including a Teacher Tablet has been provided to each school loaded with e-learning content for students, videos, apps and e-books and teacher training tools The Student Laptops also function as regular computers to facilitate the education of a Computer Science curriculum

· Furnishings – An existing Computer Lab Room has been provided with benches and chairs and normal furnishings required for the installation of the hardware

· Training, Monitoring and Repeat Workshops – Yearly In-Service and Pre-Service Trainings to teachers, student workshops and regular monitoring and maintenance of hardware, software and content to ensure effective usage

118 schools are part of this Program. Most of the selected schools are now equipped with DigiLabs in the second phase of the Axis Dil Se Project.

500+ teachers trained on conducting lessons on the Tablet and for monitoring the progress of individual student using the Tablet.

We intend to include more schools as and when we have the requisite funds for expansion.