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Faizuddin Shariff Mohammed

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Can we implement cost-effective analogue solutions to education in Rural India.

I live in Hyderabad, India. My country faces a tremendous problem with poverty and education. India's statistics are bad: a third of the world's poorest, and the highest in illiteracy. These numbers keep changing, but it is still bad.

Sugata Mitra proposed a school in the cloud, strongly supporting self-learning through emotional encouragement as a requirement for educational growth. Even so, the cloud is expensive. A population that cannot afford food or education can only dream at the moment.

Can the existing educational system be improved using analogue solutions, until an infrastructure that can incorporate digital technology is put in place?

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  • Jul 29 2013: I am sorry but I do not the environment to make a specific suggestion - I am assuming that the educational system is based on the English system. Given that, I am not sure a patch on the system will work and given the situation.

    Is it possible to get slow internet access through a dish (microwave or satellite) minimal 1 old pc that the village children can share? Power is a question, either solar or manual with battery.
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      Jul 29 2013: Hi Wayne,

      Thank you for replying. It is indeed the British Educational System. It has remained that way for the past 50 years.

      While the system has remained constant, the external environment surrounding it has changed drastically. There are initiatives in places aimed towards cost effective technological solutions. Sugata Mitra's Hole in the wall experiment was one such initiative that took place. The 100$/Akash Tablet is another one.

      However, I guess my aim is to change the existing techniques of imparting education, not bringing in new tools. Power indeed is a problem in the villages. And yes, the PCs can indeed be arranged, but in the future. An old one can be arranged for a 100$, but once again, it is not an 'Analog' solution, it is a digital one.

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      Faiz
      • Jul 29 2013: I am all for learning - some students need structure, but many just need direction - if you have the ability to get to the internet (even 1 pc) this will allow the students to learn.

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