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Bharat e-Shiksha is a flagship initiative under BharatCares (by SMEC Trust) that aims to make quality education accessible to underprivileged students through a network of digitally-empowered Bharat e-Shiksha Volunteers (BEVs).
Under this initiative, we are supporting teachers and children in rural and remote areas or urban slums by providing content-loaded tablets or content-loaded Smart TV in order to provide access to digital devices and mentored learning. The programme targets learners from government schools, with a special focus on classes 6th to 10th. The educator/volunteer has to ensure at least 6 hours of learning session/child/week of which 3 hours are through e-learning devices and 3 hours through mentored learning.
Each educator/ volunteer will be equipped with an e-Shiksha Toolkit, along with INR 3000/month as honorarium and INR 600/month towards consumables and access to the internet.
COVID-19 has adversely impacted various facets of life, including education & schooling. The education system has witnessed severe disruption, like never before, and the students from underprivileged low-income families are those who have been hit the hardest. One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, close to half the world’s students are still affected by partial or full school closures, and over 100 million additional children will fall below the minimum proficiency level in reading as a result of the health crisis. Thus, prioritizing education recovery is crucial to mitigate the impact of school closures, address learning losses and adapt education systems.
Low remote learning reachability with only 24% of households in India have internet access to receive e-education
Lack of availability of a dedicated e-learning device during school hours for the child
Sharing of learning devices within multiple children in family, leaving little or no time for the child to attend existing classes
Lack of strong monitoring & evaluation system for schools to ensure sustained educational outcomes with e-learning
Absence of guidance and supervision to help students adapt to e-learning
Bharat e-Shiksha intends to provide an equal opportunity to the marginalised students, who are in the formative years of education (6th-10th Standard), to excel in their lives through free access to quality education, technology, and mentoring. It also brings forth sustainable livelihood prospects for aspiring-emerging-experienced Bharat e-Shiksha Volunteers (BEVs) to fuel their aspirations, while also contributing to the community. The programme identifies local governments and schools as the key stakeholders in the initiative and proposes a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning environment to accelerate the recovery of learning loss and educational gaps.
Access to Digital Learning Devices
High-quality & Interactive Educational Content in Native Languages
Customised Mentoring Plan
Life Skill Building
Periodic Monitoring & Assessment of Learning Outcomes
Career Counselling & Guidance
Bharat e Shikhsa Volunteers or BEVs as we call them are volunteers/educators with a rich teaching experience. They are the true change agent, making a real difference in tackling one of India’s most pressing challenges — educational inequity due to the digital divide.
BEVs role varies from conducting baseline research to identify potential learners to facilitate our 3L model of learning to conduct periodic assessments to monitor the progress of the students.
The BEVs has to ensure at least 6 hours of learning session/child/week of which 3 hours are through e-learning devices and 3 hours through mentored learning. Each BEV will be equipped with an e-Shiksha Toolkit, along with INR 3000/month as honorarium and INR 600/month towards consumables and access to the internet.
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If you are an educator/ graduate/ pursuing graduation and have 20 learners in your vicinity who are from the marginalised communities and do not have access to digital devices, you may become a Bharat e-Shiksha Volunteer (BEV). If you know persons in your vicinity/network who may have an interest in this, please share this with them.
Please visit the FAQ page to know more details about the BEV application, eligibility and responsibilities.