India’s largest educational NGO Pratham has partnered with WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF), a voluntary organisation started by an Indian Institutes of Technology alumnus in the US, to promote girls’ education in India. The two organisations will target underserved communities across five states of India.
Through this partnership, WGF will assist Pratham in enhancing its ‘Second Chance’ programme. The programme assists female school dropouts over the age of 14 in completing their secondary school education.
Under this programme, girl students will earn their 10th standard diploma through the provision of digital learning resources.
Sharing his views on the partnership with Pratham, WGF President Hiten Ghosh said, “Using digital teaching tools allows the young adults to learn at their own pace, which is important.”
WGF focuses on applying technology to uplift rural communities. It also provides technological solutions to global challenges in areas like water, health, education, energy, lifestyles, and sustainability.
Pratham has 33 centres in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Telangana to support female school dropouts.
The partnership will introduce digital learning solutions in five of these states.
At Pratham learning sites, students will be able to access pre-loaded Pratham content in the areas of science, maths and English as well as ‘Spoken Tutorials’ through laptops and tablets
Renu Seth, Head of Pratham’s Second Chance programme, said, “By augmenting the girls’ education programme with access to interactive and engaging digital content, we hope to provide them with a more robust learning experience and improve outcomes.”