AIF’s Digital Equalizer (DE) program is a computer-aided learning program that is bridging the education and digital divide in India, and preparing tens of thousands of children to compete in the digital economy. Targeting children in grades 6 and above, AIF supports a DE school for 3 years and prepares it for self-sufficiency after this period.DE imparts computer and internet education to subject teachers and students through project-based learning techniques. The program is tightly integrated with the school curriculum thereby improving subject matter expertise through the use of technology. DE has covered 27,000 teachers and 800,000 children in 2,077 schools across India.
Introducing a well-coordinated ICT program in a school goes beyond providing computers and internet. Education models that are innovative, cost-effective, scalable and sustainable are needed to inspire students, persuade parents and communities to keep children in school, and engage governments for the long-term. The central piece in the school ecosystem is the teacher. We believe that it is critical to empower the teachers through whom the benefits can be effectively transferred to the students.
American India Foundation