Andhra Pradesh: EdTech vision workshop

The Opportunity

To take the vision forward of Hon’ble Chief Minister. Mr. Chandrababu Naidu and Hon’ble Education Minister, Mr. Srinivas Ganta Rao to develop Andhra Pradesh as a  knowledge hub, Department of School Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh in association with Central Square Foundation, organised a vision workshop on “Role of technology in improving quality of school education”.

The Model

The EdTech vision workshop for Andhra Pradesh emphasised on:

  • Improving technology infrastructure by building devices for personalised and virtual learning for students, and ensuring high speed internet connectivity to create small classrooms
  • Creating adaptive and peer learning solutions and contextualising digital content in Telugu for both teachers and students
  • Building capacity of teachers to use technology as a pedagogical tool and organising Virtual Educator Training programmes
  • Developing management information systems for data-driven decision making and enhanced accountability

The workshop was attended by selected group of  Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, State Council of Educational Research and Training, District Education Officers, Mandal Education Officers, Headmasters, District Institutes of Education and Training faculty, resource persons and Girl Child Development Officers.In addition, various stakeholders from state governments, implementation NGOs such as Moinee Foundation, Quest, Nalanda and Edutel, and EdTech firms such as Tata Edge, Edutor, Edcil and Sunita Infotech participated in the workshop.

The vision workshop also laid out the need for setting an autonomous agency for implementation of the vision, as well and monitoring and evaluation to track adoption of EdTech across schools. It outlined the current challenges with the state’s ICT in education policy, highlighted best practices from national and international contexts as well as a phased approach for implementation.

Following presentations by different organisations, the stakeholders also participated in a closed group working session that focused on vision of Education Technology, the institutional structure, models to implement, the role private/non governmental institutions can play and define performance metrics.

Potential for Systemic Impact

By informing stakeholders in the government system about the opportunity for technology induction for improving student learning and teacher capacity, best practices in integration of technology in school education, and implementation of EdTech models at scale, this vision workshop has taken a step towards improving the quality of education in 46,137 government schools with 4.18 million students and 180,000 teachers.