Skip to content Skip to footer
PhoneShaala
about us

Context

PhoneShaala is a project envisioned by eArth Samvarta Foundation (eSF) and developed by their Tech partners KDC. When eSF witnessed first hand how underprivileged children across the country are unable to continue learning due to the COVID 19 pandemic. These children cannot afford internet and smartphones so were unable to access online learning.

Additionally, PhoneShaala will also be beneficial for underprivileged students after the lockdown as many of them drop out and have low attendance rates due to other compulsions like child labour, child marriage, menstruation, physical disability and long walking distances to school.

We identified the following problems during the lockdown:

  1. Children from low income families are missing out on education because they cannot afford smartphones or the internet to connect with their teachers. {Article: The Print}
  2. There is an increase in child abuse during this lockdown, creating a mental health crisis.  {Article: IndiaToday}
  3. The inability to continue learning during the lockdown, will widen inequalities in education. Long term: This will reduce economic productivity.  {Article: ScienceDirect}
  4. Teachers of underprivileged children have reported struggling to connect with their students & resultantly finding it difficult to cope with orders from authorities to continue teaching their students.
BEHIND THE CONCEPT

About the Collaborators

eSF is an award winning NGO (Paryavaran Mitra Award- Govt. of UP, Special Felicitation by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai aka BMC, Swachh Bharat Award).

eSF works on policy research, development & grassroots action for environmental conservation. Our 4 pillars include environmental conservation, animal welfare, energy and human security.

eSF is ISO Certified and partners with government at various levels in its policy innovation work.

KDC is a creative & technology agency established in 2002, with its humble beginnings in Mumbai.

We are a team of designers & web experts, catering to the domestic and international markets. The core principles of the agency revolve around innovation with creativity.

We believe that design and technology must be harnessed for social good and development. We take an active part in the FOSS (Free & Open Source Software) community.

Testimonials

Teachers Perspective

During the COVID 19 pandemic I witnessed that a lot of my teachers were struggling to reach their students as many of them did not have access to the internet and smartphones. PhoneShaala proved to be a platform where my teachers could create audio lessons and not only teach their students but their specially curated lessons were being heard by children across the country! This instilled a sense of inspiration among my teachers during the gloom of the tragic pandemic. As a strong believer in alternative pedagogy, PhoneShaala in fact is also helping candidates of Bachelors of Education and other Teacher training courses to get an experience in alternate pedagogy and teaching styles that relies more on value and conceptual building instead of racing to get scores or complete syllabus. Additionally, PhoneShaala is also proving to be useful for children with visual disabilities!

Mrunal Raiborde

During the COVID19 quarantine I’ve been trying really hard to ensure that my students’ learning doesn’t stop. I am especially struggling to ensure that learning continues for students who don’t have access to the internet so that the learning gaps don’t widen and students continue to stay motivated and invested in learning. PhoneShaala will help make learning available for all regardless of their access to internet. It will help teachers like me in ensuring equal access to quality education. We could also use PhoneShaala for teaching – learning not just during the lockdown but it will continue to be helpful even after the lockdown by allowing us to provide after school support and motivating parents to be involved in their child’s learning from home by giving them access to education and communication.

Samina Quettawala

शिक्षा क्षेत्र हमारे देश के भविष्य के लिए सबसे महत्वपूर्ण/ज़रूरी क्षेत्रों में से एक है। ऐसा इसलिए है क्योंकि शिक्षा भविष्य के दिमाग और दिल को आकार देने में मदद करती है। हमें ज्यादातर ऐसे छात्र मिलते हैं जो गरीब परिवारों से हैं। वर्तमान में उत्तर प्रदेश सरकार दीक्षा ऐप जैसे कुछ शानदार डिजिटल लर्निंग प्रोग्राम चला रही है। स्मार्टफोन पर चलने वाले दीक्षा ऐप के अलावा, हमें एक ऐसे एप्लिकेशन की आवश्यकता होती है जो आम फोन पर चलता हो ताकि गरीब परिवारों के छात्र जो महंगे फोन नहीं खरीद सकते, उन्हें कहीं भी और हर जगह सीखने के अनुभव से हाथ धोना न पड़े। फ़ोनशाला हमारी इस समस्या को हल करेगा नाकि सिर्फ लॉक डाउन के समय लेकिन लॉक डाउन के बाद भी।

Assistant Teacher, Pre-Secondary School, Banbirpur, Ayodhya

Reeta Singh

PhoneShaalaseekhte raho
a collaboration of eSF & KDC
NRINon Resident India
You are an NRI if you are an INDIAN CITIZEN
  • Who resides in India for less than 182/ 240 days during the course of the preceding financial year, or
  • Who has gone out of India or who stays outside India for the purpose of employment, or
  • Who has gone out of India or who stays outside India for carrying on business or vocation outside India, or
  • Who has gone out of India or who stays outside India for any other purpose indicating his intention to stay outside India for an uncertain period.
VarthanaA leading affordable private school loan provider in India, headquartered in Bengaluru

Varthana partners with affordable private school owners so they can improve their school infrastructure, invest in teacher-training, and introduce new learning methods into their classrooms. We also provide academic support to the school owners to improve the quality of education and increase enrolments with the help of programs on early childhood education and digital classroom solutions.