The Jharkhand Government launched the DigiSATH initiative to digitally reach out to students studying in thousands of government schools during the country-wide lockdown. DigiSATH program has created a tremendous state-wide momentum ensuring continued learning through multiple means - WhatsApp, Television, DIKSHA App, offline learning. Entire State education administration has been connected through thousands of WhatsApp Groups created at different levels.
Over the course of two months, nearly 90% schools have been connected through DigiSATH. State is currently able to reach out to more than 4 lakh students through WhatsApp, while the reach of Television is not known yet. Students are studying through both remedial and grade level content being sent out every day. Moreover, with 10-20% increase in performance of grade 9-10 students in weekly quizzes, there has been an improvement in learning levels too.
With the State’s SCERT leading content production and curation efforts, digital content is being curated from best ed-tech sources available and is shared with teachers and students through WhatsApp Groups. More than 90% teachers and students have given positive feedback on the content and have also begun to realize the long-term potential of digital learning.
Jharkhand DigiSATH has been initiated as part of Project SATH with support of Boston Consulting Group and Piramal Foundation.
(30,000 school groups, 90% teachers, 10 lakh students)
The State also organizes quizzes every Saturday for students of classes 3-10 to strengthen student engagement and ensure regular assessments. More than 50,000 students across grades participate in these quizzes on a weekly basis. 10-20% improvement in learning has also been observed in grade 9-10 students.
Implementation of DigiSATH
The State has taken multiple steps to mainstream digital learning for continued learning through the DigiSATH initiative.
There has been a change in the ways of working of education administration at a massive scale across the State with adoption of video conferencing methods. Mass scale VCs and webinars have been organized at all levels of administration. This has created a momentum for digital learning and ensured direct accountability.
An initiative to recognize extraordinary work on the part of the teachers was made part of the DigiSATH program. Meritorious teachers are felicitated with Certification by the State leadership.
This acts as a catalyst in teacher motivation and has resulted in further activation of the teacher base.
State ensures regular monitoring of the program at District, Block and school levels. Data is reported daily from the field enabling effective and focused implementation
With over 30,000 school WhatsApp groups and 10 lakh students connected, State is able to reach out to more than 4 lakh students every week through WhatsApp alone. With 30% TV penetration in the State, learning could be ensured for at least 15 lakh students2.
Teachers across green zones have initiated classes for 8-10 students to maintain social distancing. This has resulted in continued education for students, especially, who can not be connected through digital means.
Many teachers, realizing the need for continued learning have begun to go from house to house to engage with their students. These teachers are interacting with students while completing their mid-day meal and other duties.
Bal Sansads are playing a prominent role with each Bal Sansad member being responsible for reaching out to 10 fellow students. Peer to peer learning has complemented learning through digital content. A combination of self-study, peer to peer learning and teaching by teachers has evolved over the last two months.
DigiSATH has led to large-scale behavioral changes among all major stakeholders.