Dear Nalanda Family,
This year we saw a student dance – literally dance – when he mastered a concept through Nalanda that he failed to fully grasp in his traditional class the previous day. We saw a student attempt the same question again, and again, and again – refusing to give up – turning eventually to a video, then returning to the question, putting pencil to paper, and finally coming to an aha moment. We saw students taking up challenges - one after another - and be engaged in revisions tests like never before. And all this in classrooms that didn’t have electricity, let alone internet.
89% of our teachers strongly agree that the Nalanda Project adds value to their classroom.
83% of our Headmasters strongly agree that the Nalanda Project has a positive effect in their school.
80% of our teachers strongly agree that children enjoy learning Maths via the Nalanda Project.
We have already seen a teacher who didn’t know how to use a computer mouse grow to view data reports on her students and tailor her instruction to meet individual needs. No longer burdened by a lack of student engagement, we have seen another teacher shifting from his lecture-style of teaching to sit individually with a student, ask questions, and help her. So much has been achieved but there is more work to do – Students need more and better content, teachers need better systems for tracking and acting on data, and communities around the world need to be introduced to our technology. To this end, we introduce -
What makes Kolibri different?
Kolibri is an offline, open-source ed-tech toolkit designed specifically for low income communities. It will be the go-to platform for free and open source content – Kolibri’s library will host content in several languages, content that covers many subjects, and resources that cater to diverse learning types. Further, Kolibri will allow users to mix and match content from different sources and will offer tools that allow for curriculum mapping. With Kolibri, content will be culturally relevant and localized through and through. In India, students will learn from materials that use “chapatti charts” instead of pie graphs and characters named “Arjun” in addition to “Adam.” Kolibri will have a bigger, better, more flexible, and yet localized content library.
Kolibri will also include tools for self-paced learning and will provide instant feedback and recommendations for students and teachers.
Vigneshwar RB, representing LE and MFE at the Google.org's event
On April 6th 2017, the Nalanda Project team represented Learning Equality in Google.org’s conference held in Delhi. Vigneshwar RB, Director of Operations, spoke about the need for technology in education and how Learning Equality and Motivation For Excellence are collaborating to create a revolutionary experience of blended learning in low-income schools. The conference gave us the chance to talk about the upcoming launch of Kolibri and discuss how Google.org’s funding will enable Learning Equality create a markedly different product impacting over tens of thousands of children across India.
Nalanda Project Team representing LE at Google.org's event
With Kolibri, 4.3 billion disconnected people in the world will finally have access to the educational resources they deserve.