Stage 5: Scaling
The product is already in use by 100+ paid customers and the goal is to reach 15,000+ customer by end of 2020 to make it scale-sustainable
Secondary Education, Inclusive Education and Pre-primary/Pre-school/ECD Education
Secondary Education, Inclusive Education and Pre-primary/Pre-school/ECD EducationSEE LESS
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More than 85% of school going children in Pakistan have no access to good quality free educational content like Khan Academy any many others resources. Most rural areas have either no internet access or low bandwidth to stream / download video based content. Almost 60% of enrolled students have low learning levels and there is no mechanism to measure a child's classroom learning outcomes. Hence, no data driven intervention is possible to improve the learning outcomes of students.
EDUPi is low cost and does not require internet to access high quality educational content across the K-12 educational spectrum. Students are able to access high quality digital content in offline mode and their learning levels are recorded and monitored for real time evaluation. Timely interventions by teachers and schools heads can be planned based on the output data. Students are able to learn in an effective and engaging manner, leading to better learning outcomes and results.
Major beneficiaries of the solution are students and teachers in rural areas, where the internet penetration and connectivity is poor. The device is low cost (USD 150) and appeals to low cost private schools and tuition centers. Female micro-entrepreneurs can also use the system to setup small tuition / learning centers for pre-school kids and earn livelihood from their homes in conservative communities.
Mission and Vision
Mission is to provide access to good quality educational content to students in marginalized and rural communities. Good quality content bridges the learning gap and provides equal opportunities to these communities for better learning. Vision is to introduce blended learning in all public and private schools in Pakistan and other regions with similar challenges of access to good quality teaching resources and digital content.
EDUPi connects to any LED TV or multi-media projector in the classroom. The digital content of various subjects is stored on the device and placed in easily navigable folders. Khan Academy Lite, Wikipedia for schools, Wiktionary, PHET simulations and other digital content is also installed on the device. Teachers are provided work sheets explaining which part of the digital content they need to play during the lecture. All content is offline and does not require internet access. There is a software application that allows students to answer multiple choices question through interactive clickers and results are displayed in real time. Results can also be uploaded on cloud server, if internet connectivity is available. Teachers and schools heads can plan timely interventions based on the data to improve the learning outcomes of the students. Teachers can create their own assessments and store on the device. Advanced reporting and insights are also provided on the data through a small monthly subscription. If the students belong to pre-school or primary, then the system can also work without clickers and can be used just to display the educational content in offline mode.
The biggest competitive advantage is the low cost (USD 150) of the complete system with 40 clickers. There are many other educational interventions that use the Raspberry PI embedded computer to deliver digital content in standalone and server mode, but no intervention comes with interactive clickers at this price. It is a complete offline Learning Management System (LMS) with interactive low cost clickers recording each assessment and enabling data driven decision making at classroom level. The solution is portable and can also be used in areas like refugee camps and marginalized community classrooms. One classroom can handle 40 students at a time and around 200+ different students across various grades by sharing the same facility.
Planned Goals and Milestones
The device is already being used in around 100+ schools and tuition centers. The next step is outreach to around 30,000 low cost private schools in Pakistan and also some penetration in public schools. Rural and peri-urban areas are the target market where people cannot afford expensive gadgets and tablets for blended learning
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