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Kolkata, April 2: Schoolnet has partnered with central government and 20 state governments to empower learners by democratizing education. “We have already reached 15 million learners and teachers from 40,000 schools. We have also pioneered the use of ICT in school education by developing the world’s first community computer, K-Yan, a 6-in-1 teaching and learning device in collaboration with IIT Bombay,” said said Arindam Ghosh, Chief Strategy Officer, Schoolnet India. . Schoolnet started in 1997 to bring the benefits of technology to the classrooms of public schools and affordable private schools in India. Recognizing the power of technology, they tried to make teaching-learning more effective and efficient, keeping the interests of the learner at the center. Asked about links with state governments, he added: “We currently have links with the central government and 20 state governments. Our mission is to empower learners by democratizing education. This is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to increase access to equitable and quality education for all”. When remote parts of the country are going digital, the company hasn’t found it strategically difficult to partner with public schools. Bearing in mind that most public school students are not digitally equipped, Ghosh added, “It is not difficult to collaborate with public schools. With the widespread and growing internet penetration in India, slowly but surely even the remotest parts of the country are getting digitalized. In addition, training is part of our offer. In our strategy, teachers and students are at the heart of the whole process. Training them in digital pedagogy and the use of ICT for education is at the heart of what we do at Schoolnet. Our patented K-Yan device also creates a local area network for the classroom to be digitized.” Schoolnet has also launched a personalized learning application Geneo, which is mapped to the school curriculum, by page, subject and chapter. Available in English, Hindi and Bengali, it is also mapped to the respective boards. Geneo has a feature for live lessons available on the app. Ghosh said, “We understood the hardship students were facing when in March 2020 all schools had to close. Students faced huge gaps in their learning and needed any additional support available. Since then, the live lessons have been very popular with excellent feedback from students and parents.” Schoolnet has also been working in the state of West Bengal since 2006-07. Commenting on their collaboration with the state government, he said, “We are working with different ministries to implement digital interventions in education from elementary level to higher education space. The relationship began in 2006-07 for the implementation of K-Yan-centric digital classroom solutions in approximately 50 schools, which has now grown to nearly 12,000 schools cumulatively, with active projects in more or less 8,500 schools”. Their latest offering for students in West Bengal is the GeneoeSekha learning platform, which provides self-paced and guided learning support for Bengali language students – the Bengali iteration of GEneo. It is aligned with the WBBSE curriculum and mapped to each chapter of the WBBSE textbooks facilitating online learning and teaching by chapter. GeneoeSekha is available from grade 5 to 10. During the COVID-19 pandemic, online courses provided by the West Bengal State Government have been facilitated by eSekha’s educational e-learning content through the Government of West Bengal “Banglarshiksha” portal. Schoolnet, which had also developed Career Path, a personalized and guided career guidance platform available for students in grades VIII to XII is also offered through the Department of School Education, Government of West Bengal since November 2021. It has been implemented in over 500 schools, reaching over 100,000 students nationwide. Schoolnet and the Government of Rajasthan have partnered to provide digital education to 36 boarding schools and around 480 hostels in tribal areas in 24 districts of Rajasthan. When asked about adding new languages ​​to their platform, Ghosh confirms, “Geneo is available in English, Hindi and Bengali at the moment. Over the next 5-7 years, it will be available in more regional languages.” Discussing growth frontiers and investment projections for the next fiscal year, Ghosh added, “Currently, our growth expenses are covered by internal accruals. As schools reopen, we expect significant growth in in-school and after-school activities over the next year, with our subscriber base growing 5x. Depending on the evolution of the next quarters, we will decide on the amount of the fundraising”. By 2027, Schoolnet aims to expand its footprint exponentially. As EdTech is booming in the country, they aim to onboard 245,000 schools and 50 million learners lifting them out of learning poverty with our differentiated and synchronized solutions in school and after school. school. XC KK

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