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.
The 17000ft DigiLab is a unique solution pioneered by 17000ft to reach the power of Digital Learning to areas with neither electricity nor mobile connectivity. It provides all the necessary solar and digital hardware, along with the learning and support required to ensure that children get the benefit of digital learning opportunities.
DigiLab@17000ft 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, all to be powered by Solar Electricity. The tablets have customized digital content mapped to their syllabus. Every student has an individual login ID and can learn at his/her own pace. The schedule is as per the roster prepared by the teachers. The Program assumes neither the presence of electricity nor internet connectivity. The teachers can monitor the students' performance through a specially designed app.
During the pandemic children from schools of Leh and Kargil district got to take home the tablet for about a week. At the end of one week, the tablets were properly sanitized and assigned to a new set of students. Called as Tablet in Every Hamlet - this became a successful extension of the Digilab@17000ft Program. This was the only learning tool during the long school closures.