Installation of latest solar-powered LED-based digital projector/TV monitor with syllabus-based content in Kannada/English, defines e-Shalas or e-Classrooms. Quality customized content is delivered by teachers through cost-effective delivery mechanism, tackling the unreliable electricity supply in schools.
e-Shalas provide education to children in rural areas, mostly in areas where power supply doesn't exist and literacy levels are low. High school students sit in a smart classroom and learn their lessons on an entirely solar-powered LED projector. The syllabus of e-Shalas is available in both Kannada and English, with a voice-over making the lessons self-explanatory. The visual instruction encapsulate the content knowledge and can be accessed via devices such as Android mini-PCs, tablets and mobile phones. The teachers are given a tablet loaded with the same content, so they are well-versed with the lessons before they run it in the classroom. Teachers integrate the digital content into their blackboard teaching and lesson plans, making learning engaging for students. Students themselves use this content for self-learning in the absence of a teacher.
Providing access to quality education and expanding learning opportunities for the students of the underserved communities in both rural and urban areas continues to be a major challenge. e-Shala is a holistic solution that includes technical and non-technical aspects. It identifies deserving schools and improves the quality of classroom education through digital content that increases learning effectiveness. It provides efficient solar-powered infrastructure (LED digital projector or a flat-screen LED television with movable trolley) to ensure reliable usage and sustainability of the solution.
Clean energy derived from solar power, fuels education in these rural classrooms.
It has improved the living standards of poor rural households through solar energy-based intervention and learning facilities in the underserved community. Under-qualified teachers are also trained to become a teacher in these classrooms. In the absence of teachers, students use the digital content for self-learning.
This unique projector has an android mini-computer, speakers, power supply panel and remote mouse fitted to it, which makes it energy-efficient. As against the normal LED projector's power consumption of 250-watt, this projector consumes only 25 watts. The solar panel on the building terrace is a single 75-watt power panel and the entire system costs less than INR 1,00,000 (one-time investment).