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Are children learning enough?

While classrooms, uniforms, and textbooks are an important part of the school system, GDi focuses on improving children’s learning outcomes. Through systematic interventions, we are solving the maze of rote learning, varied teacher and staff capacity and poor infrastructure, thus connecting straight to the mind of the child.

Our mega PTM event in Punjab saw 19 lakh parents & set a new precedent for parent-teacher engagement in public schools.

GDi has one vision, to achieve higher learning outcomes through interventions like ed-tech, better parent-teacher engagement, mapping of grades to assess and enhance learning patterns along with outcome-based innovative finance projects that boost learning in aspirational districts. GDi works with the state (Rajasthan, Punjab, aspirational districts of NITI Aayog) to achieve NextGen education reforms through interventions like Vision setting, Nextgen Infrastructure, In-class pedagogy, Strengthened teachers & Community involvement.

Enhanced Parent Engagement

A state-wide mega PTM was held in Punjab and end-to-end planning and execution of the event was managed by GDi. The event went on become the largest PTM conducted in the country with nearly 21 lakh parents attending. Feedback collected from these events serves as a database to initiate and execute new schemes.

A Mission for Better Grades

In Punjab, GDi designed and facilitated weekly review meetings between district officials and the education minister to discuss progress. A dashboard mapped student performance in exams and weekly practice bots were introduced for students to practise for exams; the Management Information System (MIS) platform was leveraged and officials at the district level were engaged to track progress.

Going Beyond Classrooms

We believe in the power of Personal Adaptive Learning (PAL) that caters learning to the child’s individual needs and fosters engagement instead of forced rote learning. Through Chatbots that can be accessed on any device, learning can happen at home, in the field, anywhere the child is. Through a multi-modal learning module - a mix of TV, radio and YouTube along with daily offline worksheets and weekly assessments through a chatbot on a Smartphone and even board games to increase learning outcomes, the education experience is enhanced.

Chatbots, the Future of Learning

Digitising of learning in remote areas can reduce drop-out rates in schools for girls between grades 8-12 and increase their retention in classrooms because they actually learn. In Rajasthan, we have increased girls' learning outcomes through different digital access points across 33 districts.

Using outcome linked financing

On the lines of Systemic Impact Bonds, NITI Aayog has procured EdTech services where payment for service delivery is linked to achievement of pre-defined gains in learning levels of participating students as well as usage of tab-labs. As part of this engagement, we supported NITI in the implementation and governance of the initiatives in the identified aspirational districts.

We had proposed to add an agenda item where parents were to sign a pledge saying they will send their child to school every day. One of the parents said she didn’t know how to and instead put a thumb imprint. The teacher told the student that it was her responsibility to ensure that in next such event, her mother should be able to sign her own name so she could convert this thumb imprint into a signature. This gave me goosebumps. This was the first time the mother had visited the school and met the student’s teacher and to have sparked that little investment in her towards her child’s education is a great win. In addition to impacting lives, I think my personal growth here is also something that I am happy about. We conducted the meeting with two weeks’ notice and were able to engage about 97% schools across rural and urban Punjab. Usually the state complains about not being able to receive data from schools but the systems we set up (simple google forms, automated trackers) enabled the state to follow up with schools easily.

Anamika, Team GDi

I visited a school to re-activate the lab and met with the Principal to discuss the process. She was really different from other officials. She told us that she'd spent her own money and re-activated the lab, upgraded the lab infrastructure and got the latest software installed so that students could use the lab. That interaction with her was quite motivating as stakeholders usually don't show such positive perceptions towards external parties. This is a great time for India when so many stakeholders can come together and solve a public problem.

Sakshi, Team GDi
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