Strengthening education outcomes by enhancing school ecosystems with DRE solutions
Sustain Plus facilitates augmentation of existing spaces and provides access to technology-based solutions to strengthen the education value chain in rural and remote areas. Sustain Plus, together with partner network, works on identifying and addressing relevant energy and quality gaps in school infrastructure, delivery mechanisms, and pedagogy with an aim to improve the quality of education being provided. It intervenes to optimise infrastructural design using local contexts, provides access to digital learning aids, and uses technology-based solutions to make spaces conducive to teaching, interactions, and learning.
According to the Annual Status of Education Report, 2018, accessibility to school has increased with 97.2% of students now attending primary school. Even though the allocation of total budgetary expenditure in education has gone up (3.3% of the total budget in 2018-19), the quality of education and infrastructure support required for good learning outcomes remain poor and neglected, affecting the learning levels of students, especially girls. Lack of access to energy in remote regions and tribal areas hamper education of children directly as it disrupts classroom engagement, reduces training time for teachers, decreases attention span of both teacher and students, and limits the use of technology-based teaching-learning methods. Indirectly, it impacts the health of the staff and students due to the use of fuel wood in kitchens and increases drudgery of students who have to fetch water for drinking and other uses themselves.