DEF and the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) in Mumbai had come together in December 2014 to launch and initiate the Integrated Technology in Education (ITE) initiative in the North East regions of Juria Block in Nagaon District (Assam) and Rongram Block in West Garo Hills (Meghalaya). The pilot initiative for three years seeks to support learning of school subjects by students of Class VI – IX in a manner that is more knowledge based and quality oriented through basic Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools and methods. The proposed project sought to modernise the way children and adolescents learn.
It sought to improve retention and interest in schooling, and raise learning levels among children and adolescents. Besides, it sought to foster English proficiency, critical thinking, values of responsible citizenship, and help adolescents make better career choices. These objectives are in sync with that of Tata Trusts and DEF for education.
The Integrated approach to Technology in Education (ITE) model, hereby, aimed to improve learning and teaching, bridge the digital divide, and foster a sense of good digital citizenship among adolescents inside and outside their schools through three centres. It also aimed to break the monotony of rote learning and teacher-directed learning in schools by encouraging and inculcating a culture of learning through technology.
During the second year of the project, the three DEF-ITE centres started their direct intervention in government schools and madrassas after approval and association from district administration of Nagaon. Under the name of direct intervention, ITE centres begun to mainstream its model into government schools and madrassa, where ITE model was fitted with daily class routine of schools without distributing the generic schedule of schools or madrassas.
The ITE Nagaon initiatives in Juria block has been initiated in 17 government schools/madrassas. Out of these, students of 12 schools visit the DEF-ITE centres after school for orientation.