When the entire globe is getting online, the education sector of India can’t lag behind. Indian State, Karnataka has taken a major leap in this regard. 50-odd schools of the State (Government and few private ones) have become beneficiaries of the several e-shala (e-school) project. The brighter side of this project is that the project is solar powered!
There are a number of private foundation imparting solar powered e-schools in Gadag, Chitradurga, Belagavi, Bengaluru Rural, Mysuru, Chikkamagaluru and Sirsi districts of Karnataka. The Selco Foundation takes education to children in rural areas, mostly in areas where power supply doesn't exist and literacy levels are low. While the Menda Foundation gives financial support to underprivileged, the Children's Love Castle Trust (CLT) has made it easy for the students by digitizing the state syllabus for students of classes 6 to 9.
One of the solar powered e-school of the State, Gopal Vidya Kendra, runs in the extended premises of principal Murali Dhar G's residence. The syllabus devised by the school is available in both Kannada and English, with a voice-over making the lessons self-explanatory.
Efforts are being made to make this initiative less complex and more user friendly. Focus is being laid on making it a portable model.
- Solar Power E-Schools function in 50 schools in Karnataka
- Several private foundations are working to make education accessible to majority
- Emphasis is laid on using solar power for projectors and smartroom classes