Whom do we serve?
The shortage of qualified teachers in rural and slum schools is one of the most challenging problems faced by over-burdened education systems such as the one in India. It is not unusual for a government village school housing 200-500 students to have fewer than half a dozen teachers, who are not aptly qualified to teach many of the subjects that are required. And it is not unusual for teachers to be absent and abandon the class without any notice. At Digital Study Hall, we are building a system that seeks to help children and teachers from such schools.
To prevent repetition of mistakes of the earlier “wire the schools” projects, we follow two important principles:
(1) cost realism, essential if we are to scale the system up to a significant number of schools and students; and
(2) building systems that solve end-to-end education problems, so the twin pillars of technology and pedagogy must develop side by side, and content and people relationships must play leading roles.