Rajesh, a parent from Kendrapara
ThinkZone's Home-based Learning Program
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Why did you create this innovation?
50 million Indian children in primary schools don’t have the required foundational literacy and numeracy skills. This situation has already worsened due to the pandemic with millions of children losing basic skills by not being able to attend online classes. As schools start reopening, continued learning at home and parental involvement will be key in helping children bridge the learning gap.
How does your innovation work in practice?
ThinkZone's home-based learning program provides daily remote instructions using text messages and automated voice calls in vernacular language to support parents of children going to primary schools in activity-based learning content for a few minutes a day. Apart from this, there are weekly live 15-20 minutes phone calls from trained teachers who provide a direct walkthrough of the learning activities sent via text message and calls. The solution also incorporates an offline-based mobile app solution which is used by teachers to train themselves on home-based learning support to students, track their progress & tweak their call responses. Parents are also provided with a toll-free number which they can call to go through the content again. The activities have been segregated based on learning levels & subjects. Children can engage in the content by hearing activities on the toll-free number, giving answers & have the option to speak to eductors.
How has it been spreading?
The home-based learning program is being implemented in a formal partnership with the Odisha's(India) education department. 22120 children are already a part of the home-based learning program and we have also up-skilled 797 teachers using the offline-based mobile app solutions for providing support to families for at-home learning. Independent RCT evaluation has found a statistically significant improvement in mathematics and language (Odia) learning levels of children, by as much as 24.9% scores improvement in 5 months. We plan to deploy advanced modules of our solutions to reach out to an additional 100000 children/parents in the next 2 years and track their learning progress, with especially how the program has supported in foundational literacy & numeracy skills improvement.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org