The coronavirus pandemic has unleashed the biggest disruption of education in history impacting learning of nearly 1.6 billion students in more than 190 countries in the world. Closure of schools and other learning spaces have impacted 99% of the students in low and lower-middle income countries. If this situation continues to prevail for a long time, then we will see an irreversible loss by way of students dropping out of the education system and thereby reversing decades of progress that we have made. These students will struggle to find the right jobs and, instead of contributing to the society, will become a burden on it. Thus there is an urgent need for interventions that can arrest this rapid learning loss and restart the education process within the constraints of the COVID19 reality.
Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Sohra (Cherrapunjee) has been active in the field of school education in the state of Meghalaya since 1924 and operates 77 schools serving 10000 students coming from the poor tribal society.
In order to immediately address the concern of thousands of school going children in Meghalaya, we are launching a unique Out-of-School Teaching Program named HIKAI “HYBRID INTERACTIVE KNOWLEDGE ASSIMILATION INITIATIVE” starting 17th August, 2020. It will be made available freely to any student/ schools studying under the Meghalaya State Board of School Education (MBOSE).
The HIKAI is an online education program with following features:
1. Structured to State Board syllabus: The contents is structured to State Board of School education where most students study.
2. High Quality Teachers and Content: The lesson videos is being prepared by best-in-class teachers who have decades of experience in Ramakrishna Mission Schools that churns out state rank holders on regular basis.
3. High Engagement: The online system is a two-way high education system which will ensure high student engagement despite not being in school.
4. Available on Low Cost Mobile Devices: The system will be accessible on low cost tablets tailor-made to app based application software designed for this purpose.
5. Offline capabilities: The system overcomes the drawback of poor internet connectivity by using tablets that can download / upload data using WIFI network created for this purpose in each rural block.
6. Wide Coverage: The program is intended to benefit all school going students in Meghalaya.
7. Free service: The whole program will be offered free of cost by Ramakrishna Mission.
The system is currently being used to provide short term courses to 500+ students. This platform is being upgraded to meet higher volumes.
Phase wise Rollout:
· In Phase I, on 17 August, 2020, for Class 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th standard students.
· Under phase II, the program will be offered to classes IV - VIII from 1 September, 2020.
· Remaining classes after phase 2 (date yet to be finalized)
II: STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS: This is mainly to provide free pre-loaded WIFI enabled tablets. This is to motivate the students to take up this mode of education by providing following incentives:
1. Totally free service to enrol and access the online services
2. Free preloaded tablets for all students of science stream in classes XI & XII. There were 3706 students who opted for science in class XII in 2019-20 Board Examinations. So for classes XI and XII we expect around 7500 students.
3. Free preloaded tablets for students of Arts stream if they have secured above 80% marks in the SSLC examinations. This will be around 6000 students under this category in classes X & XII.
4. Mission to sponsor 50% of the tablets cost if the student is from very poor sections of Society BPL in BPL category. We expect 20,000 students under this from classes IX to XII.
By donating Rs. 4000/- you will be ensuring that one poor child get full years online contents free of cost and also other facilities inbuilt in our system for online assessment.
Individual can donate for one or more children and institutions can come forward to adopt any school or schools. Average enrolment of most of the rural based schools is given below:
1) Lower Primary School (Classes I to V) = 150 (each class size is approximately 30)
2) Upper Primary School (Classes I to VIII) = 225 (class for VI-VII is approximately 25)
3) Secondary School (Classes I to X) = 265 (class for IX-X is approximately 20)
4) Hr. Sec. School (Classes I to XII) = 395 (class for XI-XII is approximately 15)
Donate @ Rs. 4000 per student
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With warm regards
Yours in the service of all