Odisha Introduces Digital Learning For Tribal Students

During this COVID-19 pandemic, schools and other educational institutions are gradually moving towards an online mode of teaching. Following the trend, the Odisha government has decided to start an alternative learning and mentorship program for tribal students. This program is scheduled to start from Monday, benefitting about six lakh students from the Scheduled Caste and the Scheduled Tribe communities.

“The program will be launched from Monday to cater to the educational needs of these students from standard 2 to 10 in 1,731 residential schools across the state”, said Ranjana Chopra, Department secretary of the ST/SC Development, Minorities, and Backward Classes Welfare.

The program has been designed after consultation with various civil society organizations. For students who have internet, e-content will be provided to them via messaging service WhatsApp.

“The e-content that maps to the curriculum of students of standard 2 to 10 has been created. This will be provided to the end-users registered in various WhatsApp groups at the school level”, said Chopra.

Meanwhile, for students who don’t have access to the internet, the ‘mentor teachers’ will reach out to them. A total of 4,467 mentor teachers have been appointed for 21,239 tribal villages. This program is aimed at keeping the students in touch with the learning process and providing skill support.