The AP Janmabhoomi Project making efforts to significantly improving the educational infrastructure in government schools through use of digital literacy. The NRI telugu community in America alone comprises 4 lakh individuals. Most of them, having spent a significant portion of their formative years in Government schools, wished to contribute towards the betterment of the same. The Andhra Pradesh Janmabhoomi Initiative which commenced on Jan 18th, 2016 was created in alignment with the vision of the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu and the Government of Andhra Pradesh , alongside the Special Representative for North America, Shri Jayaram Komati. The initiative has enabled a means to connect the NRIs to their own soil with an aim of providing them with an opportunity to give back to the land of their ancestors.
It is the flagship social initiative of the Government of Andhra Pradesh comprising of three schemes- Digital Classrooms, Anganwadi Centers and Crematoriums. The Andhra Pradesh Government facilitates this platform by providing aid covering 70% of the total cost. The remaining 30% is funded by NRIs.
The Digital Classroom project, with active support from the Department of School Education along with the NRI diaspora, aims to assist schools in co-opting a technology-driven study environment so that children can learn and perform better. Recognising the importance of being digitally empowered in today’s age, the programme aims at equipping schools to give students exciting, effective and comprehensive classroom learning experiences, using tools such as interactive whiteboards, digital content and classroom software. The initiative is aimed at working towards providing digital content from leading service providers in both English and Telugu.
The objective seeks to establish digital classrooms in 5000 government schools by 2018.
It is also initiated to train the teachers at schools using undergraduate students as part of an Internship Program for 30 hours in 5 Modules in collaboration with Internshala. Around 1000 UG students associated themselves with the “digital literacy programme” which aimed at equipping the teachers at the schools to be able to use the digital aids imparted to them efficiently.
“2400 Schools are digitized since October 2016; on an average 6 digital classrooms are added every day impacting over 7 Lakh Students which also improved attendance rates by 17%.”
The State-wide Digital Empowerment Initiative phase-3 , which seeks to enhance the pioneering effort of the Andhra Pradesh Government of bridging the digital divide and maximising the potential of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) in day-to-day life, is all set to be rolled out.
“It is not just poor students who benefited, but there is renewed interest among the NRIs to do something for their place of birth and the schools where they have spent their childhood. These schools have become a must destination for NRI donors during their visit to India,” Mr. Jayaram Komati
The project, with active support from the Department of School Education along with the NRI diaspora, aims to focus on helping schools in Andhra Pradesh co-opt a technology-driven learning environment so that students can learn and perform better. Recognising the importance of being digitally empowered in today’s age, the programme aims at equipping schools to give students exciting, effective and comprehensive classroom learning experiences, using tools such as interactive whiteboards, digital content and classroom software. The initiative also works towards providing digital content from leading service providers in both English and Telugu.
With constant efforts in bringing development to Government schools, the project is actively scaling its reach to the third level so as to to ensure early childhood education along with all-inclusive development of students. The digitization will help in creating a more interactive and intellectually stimulating environment for the students, and also help in quicker grasping and better understanding of concepts. The initiative seeks to focus on nurturing young minds at a tender age so as to bring about a lasting positive difference in their lives thereby enabling them to become responsible citizens of the nation.
As the initiative progresses, it plans to establish 204 new digitised classrooms in the State of Andhra Pradesh.