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Building an online infrastructure is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity.
All over the world, the pandemic brought educational institutions into crisis. In the rural South Indian district we serve, the impact was devastating.
For most families in our schools, education is the only long-term way out of extreme poverty. Parents of sponsored students were already deeply in debt, unable to afford the most basic medical services or necessities.
Thanks to a special grant and your generous donations, the Hybrid Learning Pilot Project got off to a solid start in 2021. Since then, additional hardware has been purchased, and more teachers have been trained teachers in basic computer knowledge.
The closure of both of our schools during the pandemic, and the significant hardships faced by students and teachers, led to an innovative plan to conduct classes outdoors in students’ home villages. This was an inspiring success, providing continuity and hope. But it was not enough.
The Pilot Project led to a fundamental rethinking of the structure of the schools. Faculty and students underwent rigorous new training in more holistic, interactive, and collaborative methods that introduced high tech into the learning process.
This 18-month pilot project for 50 students and 8 teachers became the basis for a long-term online infrastructure project.
$19,590 – Equipment
$10,000 – Training
The new online infrastructure offers a crucially important building block for meaningful 21st century education. These basic technologies have been used in U.S. schools for 10-20 years, but are completely new to the teachers here. All 70 teachers are now eager to learn online teaching skills and to have access to the extensive new resources available online.
Our schools are desperately underfunded. Your gifts have launched a build-out for critical infrastructure and have led to a significant shift in ways of thinking about education. Continued financial support is needed to build on this early success.
Please consider making a contribution to this critically needed effort today.
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