eVidyaloka Trust is registered non-profit Trust, based out of Bangalore. Our Vision is To Create A KNOWLEDGEABLE & EMPOWERED RURAL INDIA THROUGH QUALITY EDUCATION. We strive to achieve with a Mission of - CONNECTING PASSIONATE VOLUNTEERS TO PROVIDE QUALITY EDUCATION FOR RURAL CHILDREN, using Technology.
Project Purpose & Description
Scenario: The quality of education of children studying in the Government Schools in rural Villages are quite poorly reflected in their learning levels. Hence the children going out of these schools undergo various social challenges. This poor quality of education is primarily due to shortage of quality Teachers in these villages, apart from various other reasons.
Solution: eVidyaloka addresses this gap by connecting Teaching Volunteers of high quality from across the world with the rural Villages; using Digital Classroom technology. Subjects taught are Science, Mathematics and Basic English, based on State Board curriculum in the local language medium for 5th to 8th standard students. This will be a supplementary offering, in addition to the ongoing classes in the Government school.
How it works: A digital classroom with broadband internet, is setup in one of the classrooms in the Govt School. Volunteer Teachers from across different locations connect via Skype to teach the students. Both the students and teacher can see each other live, in real time and interact. eVidyaloka in the backend manages the complete running of the online virtual school operations. It involves identification of teachers, planning of time tables and curriculum, delivery of classes, Track student’s learning outcome, handle feedback etc.
A detailed Digital Classroom Handbook can be downloaded from the Annexures section, for your reference.
In the current Academic Year 2016-17, eVidyaloka programme is running in 70 centers across Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal and Maharasthra through 12 different partner NGOs in the respective villages. Details can be obtained here: www.evidyaloka.org/centers
For the upcoming Academic Year 17-18, the plan is to expand to 200 centers where there is a dire shortage of teachers and interested Partners NGOs, who can work with the local government schools and make this quality education service available in their villages.
Roles & Responsibilities
Partner will be responsible for all the Local management activities ranging from working closely with the school administration, establishing the Digital Classroom, Identifying a Class Assistant, Applying for Broadband connection, Managing operations and maintenance of the Digital Classroom availability and safety of children, physical infrastructure upkeep, local utilities like Electricity, Water and Internet maintenance and any other local logistics support required for the project in the Village.
eVidyaloka will be responsible for all the Remote management activities ranging from Providing Digital Classroom infrastructure, Sourcing and managing the Teachers, Class schedules, Content management, Operations governance, Evaluations, Managing feedbacks etc.
A detailed Terms of Engagement shall be shared on expression of Interest.
Cost & Budget
For one School:
- Digital Classroom One time setup cost: Rs. 65,000 (CPU, 32” LED, Camera, Speakers, Modem & UPS)
- Monthly Center Operating & Platform Cost: Rs. 7000 pm (Broadband bill , Class Assistant, Maintenance etc)
- Other back end Operating & Platform Cost: Rs. 10,000 pm (eVidyaloka backend operations)
Overall Setting up and Operating cost: Rs. 2,65,000
School Side Cost : Rs. 1.49 Lakhs.
eVidyaloka Side cost: Rs. 1.16 Lakhs
Partner Evaluation Criteria:
Min. Eligibility Criteria of a Partner Organization:
- A registered non-profit organization with 80G/12A.
- Have ongoing projects with strong field presence in the proposed areas (need not be in the specific villages)
- Have long term commitment (at least 3 to 5 years) in the village/region