Of all students in India enrolled in Std.5, about half cannot read a Std. 2 textbook. About 40% of Std 3 students cannot recognize numbers up to 100. Keeping this in mind, Amrita Education Centers start with elementary level assessments of all children who attend the education center, place them at the level they are and start tutoring them from that level. The tablet is an effective tool that bridges the gap in learning easily and painlessly. Children learn through games and repeated practice.
Amrita Education Centers are currently providing free after-school tutoring, benefitting children in 41 rural centers in 21 states of India.
Amrita RITE- Rural India Tablet- enhanced Education, the technology-driven educational program is based on tablets and hands-on methods that motivate children to learn at their own pace.
Amrita RITE uses special software to speed writing and language development including learning letters and words by tracing directly on the tablet, and an “Immersion” speaking and reading course that teaches by pictures, and is self-correcting. The software has been deployed in nine languages.
Parent-Teacher meetings are held every first Sunday of the month. The teacher discusses children’s progress and addresses any concerns. Regular assessments are conducted every three months in Math, and Reading and Writing in the regional language and English, to measure progress.
Teachers are given regular month-long training sessions. They are also made aware of government schemes that they can avail to promote education in their local area. For example, in Rajasthan, funds were made available to repair the local village school. In places like Gujarat, applications have been submitted to upgrade the local school to high school level so that girls can receive a higher education.