Currently, in India, there is a gap of more than 20% between the literacy rates of folks from the tribal region, and the rest of the country. And with the context of public schools, it’s impossible for conventional smart school systems to reduce these learning gaps.
Class Saathi was created to do just this, to provide personalized education to students, irrespective of their demographics. It is a combination of a clicker for each student and a mobile app for teachers, parents and administrators.
Case in point, one of the tribal schools (Haite Memorial Friendship School) in Mualdam, Assam, serves 198 students from nearby ten villages, including a village of a rare and small tribe called Biate tribe. Run by The Sunbird Trust, an organization that empowers schools in conflict regions in the Northeastern region of India; this is a school that we wanted to explore working with since it is situated in one of the most remote regions in the country. TagHive demonstrated the ability of Class Saathi to take attendance and quizzes in the classroom that had no internet or electricity, with teachers of Maths and Science from the school.
As teachers and students solved questions together, we saw teachers find the existing learning gaps and think about how they can plan their upcoming classes and strategies. While this happened, we noticed something beautiful happen parallelly. Students who were earlier shy to respond in a regular classroom were responding to questions by pressing the clicker. In a way, Class Saathi created a safe space for them to feel heard and understood. It will build more confidence in the students to express their opinions, and just like that, the engagement within the classroom would increase.
Pankaj Agarwal (HBS Class of 2012) and his team at TagHive (a Samsung funded spin-off) are now excited about upcoming collaborations with Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha state governments. These collaborations will allow them to build this confidence in over 5 million students while enabling over 100,000 teachers and administrators to analyse and execute student-centric education.
TagHive is also keen to continue exploring collaboration with even more schools in need with Sunbird Trust, and we're very excited to hear from teachers in that school:
Hudson Ngamlai (Science teacher) -
Class Saathi has helped me prepare homework and check prior knowledge of the class. The AI-powered quizzes and concept notes allow us to understand a particular subject better. Class Saathi works without internet or electricity, which will, in turn, help our students a lot.
Ruby Sam (Lead Teacher) -
I'm excited to use Class Saathi in our school. It enables us to find each student's learning gaps & progress in no time. It brings an inclusive learning environment for all students and provides an equal opportunity for students to respond. Our school is located in a highly remote location, but since Class Saathi works seamlessly in such sites, I'm excited to use it.