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CLT India wins its second Millennium Alliance Award for Early Grade Reading resources for 1-4th in Kannada

By CLT India On 16 September 2020
CLT India wins its second Millennium Alliance Award for Early Grade Reading resources for 1-4th in Kannada

CLT India, founded in 1998, wins its second Millennium Alliance Award for Early Grade Reading resources for 1-4th in Kannada. This is for parents and teachers to have access to resources on their mobile phones, so children in under-served communities will be supported with reading skills early on. 


The first MA award helped CLT with the seed capital for developing and delivering entire suite of NCERT-aligned Science and Mathematics curricula in State languages on low-cost mobile devices for rural schools. This also won CLT Digital India Award 2 years ago. CLT is bridging the education gaps for remote, lowincome 1-10th grade schools across multiple States. Those that have been marginalized have a greater collective voice by being part of an expansive network


The MA is a consortium of partners (Public-Private Partnership) including the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, USAID, FICCI, DFID, ICCO Cooperation, Netherlands; World Bank Group, Facebook and Marico Innovation Foundation.


While the country as a whole faces shortage of teachers, the rural schools get the brunt of it and are hugely affected. Most of the schools also lack Science and Mathematics teachers. This is a common problem most remote and rural schools face across the globe. Technology-enabled teaching has played a vital role as an effective intervention to mitigate the challenge.


While internet and computers have changed how information is shared across the globe, only 16% of rural residents in India have access to internet. The bulk of existing online material available is not translated into regional languages. Many do not even have electricity for hours per day.


India has to choose an appropriate, purposeful and affordable technology for our interventions to rural schools. CLT has created an eco-system under the umbrella of CLT e-Patashale, where pedagogy and technology would come together to give access to quality educational resources for the remote teachers in the under-served schools. The model is based on Master Teachers designing innovative STEM content in regional languages and technology team creating multiple delivery systems as a complementary support to government efforts to improve education. Our Classroom APP,CLT’s ‘Lab-in-the-Box’, has enabled 4,000 rural schools – 3,000 in Karnataka alone- with an e-learning ecosystem, where teachers can access content in their own languages without the need of internet. Through CLT e-Patashale, the primary goals of access, inclusion, and equity have been attained: 2 million students and 80,000 teachers across 8 States have already been directly impacted. In addition to in-class use, it helps students with remedial, accelerated, and peer-to-peer learning to counter teacher shortages.


The one which will drive the greatest change will be harnessing the sharp rise of mobile internet usage in rural areas to reach children outside the formal classroom space. CLT has made inroads into giving direct access to students and teachers, by launching 2 mobile APPs, that will truly change the face of education in underserved communities.

‘JIGI’ The Teacher App

‘Jigi-Jigi’ The Student App

*available on Google PlayStore

The ripple effects on the community

A wide range of stakeholders have been positively impacted by CLT’s longstanding commitment to the communities we serves. The ripple effects are enormous. Not only do learning communities gain resources, but CLT connects them to one another. The network means those in need are not isolated and continue to access new material and innovations as developed. Best practices are

easily shared as schools collaborate. As feedback sessions have shown, educators are taking full advantage to create communities of practice and share the way this innovation can change the teaching and learning experience.

As access to CLT’s technology becomes more universal within rural communities, learning environments can expand into these non-formal spaces for increased engagement and better overall results.


Shaping a better future

“Throughout her long career, Bhagya has gained full appreciation of the enormity of the problem in India’s education system and the similarities for underserved communities in developing countries around the globe. What she has accomplished so far is just the beginning; she wants to reach more users, through new delivery platforms, at a much faster pace, with simplicity and at low costs. If she can move the needle towards universal integration of ICTs in the service of teaching and learning across the education system, she will have achieved her goal of promoting social inclusion and giving every child equal access to educational opportunities” – Marina Kundu, CLT Trustee


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