18,500 Government schools in Maharashtra to go Digital

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Rotary India Literacy Mission to implement eSiksha an e-learning initiative in the state run schools

Pune, January 16, 2018: After successful eradication of Polio, Rotary is now focused on new thrust areas one of which is Literacy. To strengthen its efforts in Literacy, Rotary has created a special organization called Rotary India Literacy Mission (RILM) and has been working with various State Government on concept of Digital School. Under this effort RILM is now entering in an MoU with the Government of Maharashtra for implementing a special project titled as eSiksha, where RILM is planning to implement Digital learning program for installing 37000 E-Learning facilities in 18500 Government Schools in Maharashtra.

Rotary District 3131 is hosting the formal launch ceremony of this project on Friday, January 19th, 2018 at Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture for Women. Prakash Javadekar – HRD Minister, Government of India would be the Chief Guest for the function. Other dignitaries like Vinod Tawade, Education Minister (Maharashtra State), Nand Kumar – Principal Secretary for School Education and Sports, Shekhar Mehta – Chairman, RILM, Kalyan Banerjee – Past President, Rotary International would also be present on the occasion.

Abhay Gadgil, District Governor, Rotary District 3131 said, “Literacy is a thrust area of Rotary and we continue to do concerted efforts to make India 100% literate and improve quality of education. Given Pune is known as Oxford of East (or Vidyeche Maher) it is indeed appropriate that launch ceremony is happening in Pune. Our District is honoured to host this inauguration on behalf of all Rotary Districts in Maharashtra.”

Understanding the enormity of the task of ‘eShiksha’, RILM have decided to adopt and implement it through T-E-A-C-H where T stands for Teacher Support, E for E-learning, A for Adult Literacy, C for Child Development and H for Happy Schools, a strategy of meaningful co-operation and partnership with Government, Corporate, National/State specific Non-Governmental organizations as well as international organizations working in various segments of this countrywide endeavour.

RILM has been working concept of Digital School with goal of improving quality, bringing standardization in teaching, and exposing students – especially from government and local body schools – to information technology and eLearning.