Project Shiksha

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Registration Name : eINDIA2011/AN/179
Project Category : digitalLEARNING::Best Use of Technology for Teaching Learning Practices in Schools
Project Name : Project Shiksha

Details of Applicant
Name : Gauri Arora
Address : DLF Cyber Greens, 9th Floor, Tower A,DLF Cyber City, Sector 25A, Gurgaon – 122002 , Haryana
City : Gurgaon
State : Haryana
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 122002

Details of Project/Implementing Agency
Name of Organisation : Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd
Address : DLF Cyber Greens, 9th Floor, Tower A,DLF Cyber City, Sector 25A,,
City : Gurgaon
State : Haryana
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 122002
Name of the head of Organisation : Bhaskar Pramanik
Website : www.microsoft.com/india/msindia

Brief description of the programme/project/Initiative :
With Microsoft Unlimited Potential™, Microsoft is committed to helping people benefit from information and communications technology (ICT) that is accessible, affordable, and relevant to their needs. By partnering with governments, partners, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), educators, and academics, we’re taking an innovative approach to enabling new avenues of social and economic empowerment for the underserved populations of the world. With particular emphasis on young people—because they represent the future of our communities—we’re focusing our efforts through delivering solutions in three key, interrelated areas i.e. transforming education, fostering local innovation, and enabling jobs and opportunities to sustain a continuous cycle of social and economic growth. Our efforts under the Unlimited Potential initiative in India that look at transforming education caught momentum with launch of the global program- the Partners in Learning initiative. This programme supports the dual commitment by Microsoft to advance the quality of education and provide alternative channels for economic progress by building partnerships with governments and the schools around the globe, Partners in Learning works to integrate technology into daily teaching, learning, and research through partnering with governments, to address the national educational priorities by focusing on three core programs: • Innovative Teachers • Innovative Students • Innovative Schools The first phase of Partners in Learning was Project Shiksha in India- targeted towards the government school teachers. This programme was launched in India in December 2003 by Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation. It was designed to deliver affordable software solutions, comprehensive training and curriculum leadership for students and teachers in government schools and aimed to ‘Empower the future’. It not only equips teachers with technology aspects but also with the methodology aspects through customized curriculum for teachers. The curriculum has specially been designed for teachers and how to can integrate IT tools in their class room teaching and other functions to ease their daily job requirements. Currently, this curriculum is available in 6 regional languages and includes a lot of self-practices exercise. Entire training is delivered over 8-12 days (full day sessions) in person is supported by teachers focused curriculum, assessments and certification for teachers. At the onset, the project had a target of reaching out to 80,000 teachers by December 2008, a period of five years. Till date, this project has trained over 6, 77, 000 government school teachers till date, who in turn have impacted over 32 million students by making It a part of their teaching. This has only been possible due to the fact that apart from establishing IT academies, it has also tied up with various State-run District Institute for Education and Training (DIETS) available at District level has helped spread reach of the program. It has also tied up with educational institutions like Jawahar Navodya Samiti, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and other Government schools. In addition to ties-ups, innovative engagements like the pre-service delivery model and post-schools models has helped to maximize the impact of the programme on landscape of Education where it is present. Currently, the project is being used by Government school teachers across schools in 12 states (including Maharashtra, Uttaranchal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Bihar, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh). The second phase of Partners in Learning was Shiksha Pragati was launched in April 2011 in India. Shiksha Pragati is a logical progression of Microsoft’s Project Shiksha and is designed to equip schools with a capacity building mechanism in order to reduce their dependence on external agencies for ICT and 21st century teaching-learning skills.

Why was the project started :
In India there is a huge gap between content/services and the citizens at large, and by implementing Project Shiksha, our aim is to bring relevant technology to the education sector to address this problem. Education and skills development are undoubtedly, one of the imperatives for the country. We are committed to digitize the classroom environment as a first step to accelerate the economic growth of the country and reduce the “digital divide” and “content gap” between technology empowered and technology excluded segments of the society. With this in mind, government school teachers are trained on the use of the latest technology tools to teach the most difficult subject, thereby giving students at the primary education level access to technology. While its primary focus is to alleviate the digital and content gap, it has many other comprehensive benefits for teachers, students and the government. It supports the overall objective of enabling of a digitally inclusive society.

Objective :

Microsoft via this program, aims at bringing innovation in the teaching-learning process in a classroom, by empowering the teachers with ICT skills that can be embedded in their conventional teaching pattern, so that the class rooms are interactive and as per the expectations of the 21st century learner. This is one way we can look at empowering the current education eco-system with new technology tools which can transform schools and help IT enable the youth of India.
Target group :
Government school teachers
Geographical reach :
The project is being used by Government school teachers across schools in 12 states (including Maharashtra, Uttaranchal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Bihar, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh)
Date from which the project became operational : Day December 2003
Is the Project still operational : YES

10 points that make the programme/project innovative?

  1. Public private partnership, which works directly with Educators, Institutions and Governments towards improvement in education
  2. Computer based learning (ICT) is promoted across government schools with emphasis on providing software solutions & scholarships to teachers and students
  3. Shiksha gives global exposure to trained teachers through national contests. Winners are given an opportunity to represent India at the International level in the Microsoft Worldwide contest.
  4. Each teacher designs a digital lesson around their respective subject which is a direct take-away to be used in the class-room post training
  5. Monitoring the trainers go to randomly selected schools to gauge whether the teachers are using IT post training and how much self-learning enhancement has taken place
  6. Follows a 360 degree approach, which allows the teachers to be in touch with trainers
  7. Goes beyond training and connects the teachers with the partners post training via the PiL site

List the 5 achievements of the programme/project?

  1. The reach of the Project Shiksha is across 12 states in India .Under this program, Microsoft has trained over 6, 77, 000 government school teachers till date, who in turn have impacted over 32 million students by making It a part of their teaching
  2. Tie-ups with educational institutions and other government schools has increased the reach of the Program. Microsoft has also tied up with various state-run District Institutes for Education and Training (DIETs)
  3. By 2013, ‘Partners in Learning’ aspires to reach over 250 million teachers and students globally, 10 million teachers actively connecting and contributing to the Partners in Learning Network
  4. Several teachers have created their own websites post ‘Shiksha’ training and are also regularly participating in e-communities, ICT contests with the help of various relevant websites eg. www.partnersinlearningnetwork.com www.learninghub.com
  5. Over 50,000 teachers have integrated technology in their teaching methodology

List the 5 key challenges faced while implementing the programme/project/iniative

  1. Lack of learning initiative from the teacher’s end- some teachers argued that they were due for retirement in a few months or a year or two and did not foresee the necessity of picking up new skill so late in their professional lives
  2. Lack of infrastructure for the running of the Program – even when a computer lab was provided, the school administration could not guarantee/arrange for uninterrupted electricity supply.
  3. Challenge of identifying teachers who will be willing to teach in the regional language of that State
  4. Challenge of identifying teachers who would be willing to coach other teachers in the locality
  5. Training the Principal and officials is a necessity as without their support and co-operation, the programme would not have been this successful

List the 5 points how can the prgramme serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by others?

  1. Motivating other teachers of the school to learn and integrate technology in the teaching learning process. Thus, make schools self-sufficient in Innovative teaching using ICT
  2. Creating IT awareness in the community and improving IT infrastructure of the school. The program has inspired many SUPW teachers (Socially Useful & Productive Work) along with their students demonstrate the need of hygiene, AIDs awareness etc. in their neighboring villages through their digital presentations including ‘nukkad nataks’ to make a difference in the lives of villagers
  3. Motivating the community to participate in the development of the school and the students
  4. Empowering the teachers to use innovative ICT skills to make their daily lesson plans interesting.
  5. Encourage collaboration amongst Teachers on Partners in Learning website

List 5 points to elaborate on the scalability of the programme/project/initiative

  1. Going by the great response and results of Project Shiksha, we have now started partnering with education leaders in different Indian states, to introduce a sustainable model of ICT skills training for pre-service teachers and that too, on a scale that is unprecedented anywhere in the world.
  2. The information technology curriculum is introduced for teacher training in colleges across the state of Maharashtra and Karnataka. This would help teachers improve their ability to use technology and incorporate innovative ICT tools into their classroom
  3. In the Narvodaya Vidyalaya Schools IT clubs have been formed in schools to motivate students to use technology effectively
  4. School leaders have realized the importance of using ICT in the teaching-learning process and making learning engaging
  5. Tie up with various state-run District Institutes for Education and Training (DIETs) has helped spread the reach of the program even more


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