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In countries like India, there are innumerable number of villages. Children over there go to government-run schools and the person teaching there is generally not qualified enough(in most cases). So education imparted to the youngsters is not valuable enough. They aren't really learning anything. A teacher might be unknowingly imparting incorrect knowledge to these youngsters.That's a big risk to the future of these youngsters.
The approach to avoid the risk is to give these students a new alternative to their hunger for knowledge. The ScratchPAD!
The ScratchPAD is a cheap tablet like Aakash. The tablet would carry an application developed specially for this purpose using some Open Source Technologies(to reduce the overall cost).
Parts of the ScratchPAD Education program:-
1. Educational Content
Videos from websites like KhanAcademy would be indexed and fetched into a database. Then a curriculum would be decided depending upon the international standards, for each level of education. Depending upon the grade of a student, the content would be distributed.
2. Distribution and Syncing of content
The distribution of tablets would be first done by promotion team who would go to schools in these villages and teach the students and teachers, how to use the device. Upon doing that they'd be instructed to bring their devices to VDC's for syncing the content. The devices would be brought in by school authorities, students need not go anywhere. VDC's would also be somewhere close to the schools. VDC's would sync the data in every 3 weeks. The device would be updated accordingly.
3. Village Distribution Centre(VDC)
VDC's are responsible for solving technical problems and for searching and making the content available. Personnel in VDC's would also educate teachers and students in new schools about the usage of the tablet. VDC's would also keep a track of course completion by each student. If necessary number of VDC's would be increased.
4. Advertising Team
Advertising Team is responsible for promoting the use of tablet and spreading awareness. Targeting correct schools, promoting the content should be done in such a way that parents find the reason why its being done.