Rural India has very limited exposure to technology in education. Only 8% of primary schools in rural areas have access to computers. Low to zero internet connectivity and lack of consistent electricity are major challenges. Additionally, the available technology content is not suited to the rural cultural context, language and lifestyle, making it difficult for children to associate with it in their everyday life.
The program was specifically designed keeping in mind key challenges faced in the education sector. Some of the interventions designed to support rural education afterschool centers, digital literacy & computer awareness, progress-monitoring, collaborations with schools, scholarships, and school supplies. Moreover, the award winning technology developed by AmritaCREATE is adapted for rural India. AmritaRITE bridges the digital divide employing devices and content that are:
- Low cost
- Multilingual and culturally appropriate
- Monitors progress and attendance
- Works in poor connection and inconsistent electricity