Imagine living in a nation where you, a member of the majority, are unable to read the label of the medicine you must give to your child, the menu at a local restaurant or even the warning signs of the road; a place where you are unable to comprehend the government document officiating your driver’s license, tax filing or marriage. This is the world in which hundreds of millions of Indians live in, simply because of their lack of knowledge of the English language, owing to poor/lack of education.
It is incomprehensible that the majority of people in India are being oppressed by the mere lack of knowledge of a language. By not having medical instructions, food ingredient labels and nutritional information, government forms, access to the courts and politicians, street signs, and even movie tickets in their mother tongue, they are being harmed in the most discriminatory of manners. Moreover, the academic conversation on this matter is controlled by those in the cities while the situation is much direr in the towns, villages, hamlets, and tribal regions.
Besides, the state of education in India is dismal, especially in rural areas. The sector is currently battling grave challenges such as outdated teaching methods, shortage of teachers, inadequate student-teacher ratio, and insufficient teaching resources along with being deprived of learning the global language i.e., English.
However, based on a close analysis of the present situation, it can be clearly visualized that the proliferation of digital technologies is going to bring radical changes in the way education is being delivered and received. The outreach of educational programs will lead to a sea-change with the digitalization of education.
With the advent of new technology-aided learning tools such as smartboards, MOOCs, tablets, and laptops, etc. has transformed the way education is being imparted in schools and colleges. The internet of things (IoT) is further proving to be one of the most cost-effective ways to educate young minds. It is also a powerful system to integrate a world-class learning experience for everyone. The various Edu-Tech companies are constantly working day in and day out to find innovative solutions to increase access to education for people who currently are struggling to get proper education facilities.
Not only this, but the digitization of education also aims at teaching students in educationally backward areas with the help of the latest teaching tools and methodologies such as LCD screens, videos, etc. This on one hand helps teachers connect with students remotely spread across several locations at one time while on the other, make the teaching process interactive and non-monotonous. It will also help the country, as a whole to address the shortage of teachers in the country in the near future.
Thus, it is absolutely just to believe that digital learning in India is going to be the key face for future education in the subcontinent, and as shareholders of it, we have a huge responsibility on our shoulders to help achieve it. Be it changing the overall educational framework in the country or be it revolutionizing the rural market dealings, the end to end solutions provided and constantly improved by us – has, is and will continue to contribute significantly to the fast-evolving process, keeping in mind affordability, efficient internet and direct-to-device technologies and so on…
What trends do you observe in digital education and training in your field of work?