A few weeks ago I was in Vaijapur taluka of Aurangabad, around 350 kms from Mumbai. I had gone there as a part of my documentary project #economyforall to interact first hand with children from 2 Zilla Parishad primary schools.
Each of these 2 schools are being supported by ThinkSharp Foundation to run a StudyMall within their premises. By setting up a digital class, ThinkSharp has provided children from these schools access to a host of digital content and books. This opens up a whole new world of learning and information for them beyond school books. It also helps staff members engage better with children and inspire inquisitiveness within them.
I closely conversed with these children and tried to understand how they benefit from this new mode of learning. I held freewheeling chat with each class and asked them about their dreams, their passions and shared a few pieces of advice. Interacting with the staff members at both the schools to gain their perspective on advantages of digital learning was particularly insightful.
I believe if we need to make significant strides in achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 4 of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all then we need to reduce the gap between urban and rural education. Children passing out of rural schools need to possess adequate skills and confidence to compete with urban children. This will set them on a path towards taking advantage of all the opportunities that are available in the formal economy.
No sooner I was back I heard about Yes Foundation’s YES i am the Change 2018 filmmaking challenge and thought it would be prudent to send my entry. Here’s the short film.