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Technology – A Game Changer in India’s Education Challenge?
May 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pmComplimentary, but registration required
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Dr. Madhav Chavan (prathamusa.org…), is in Seattle on Monday, May 21st. We’d like to interest you in a session that evening on a fascinating topic – the potential for using speech recognition and synthesis, chatbots, recommendation engines, behavior tracking to solve this enormous education deficit for hundreds of millions of people, planet wide.
On Monday, May 21st, 6pm, Dr. Chavan will reflect on the Pratham journey and the challenges looking forward, at the Westin Bellevue.
Literacy and Pratham
Millions of Indian children who can’t read and write are condemned to never making more than a $1 a day. It’s not that they don’t attend school, but once there they don’t learn to read and can’t do simple arithmetic: forever illiterate, sitting in the back, not understanding a word of what is being taught.
Pratham is solving this at scale. The Pratham Read India (www.pratham.org…) program last year impacted over 5 million students in the ages 6-14 years, through direct and indirect interventions, across 21 states in India. The outcomes (verified by J-PAL, MIT’s Impact Research Center) are nothing short of astonishing.
Today, with Hybrid Learning, Pratham is innovating even more. Small groups of students meet regularly with learning material and activities on a tablet without a teacher present – only a watchful parent who is frequently illiterate herself. The students largely drive each other forward, while the technology fills the other needs, ranging from marking attendance to assessment to understanding what the kids don’t understand. And we must do all this in the context of an Indian village where connectivity is still intermittent.
Madhav has been leading these efforts for 20 years and is a true product leader, reproducing these outcomes at scale. These articles give some idea of the journey he has taken ‘Learning to Read’ (www.india-seminar.com…), ‘Bottom-up Push for Education’ (img.asercentre.org…).
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