Few words on ChalkLit from Akshara Foundation, MSF’s new partner

We have started to bring other organizations to host their content & trainings on our platforms. In this regard, we would like to share what our point of contact at Akshara Foundation who has single-handedly managed content uploading in Odia language and will be managing the training process and the state-led channel on ChalkLit Wall, had to say about the ChalkLit)

I manage the implementation of Ganitha Kalika Andolana, an Akshara Foundation- led-program for improving mathematics learning outcomes in primary school levels, along with the State Government at Odisha. We were introduced to ChalkLit in a Regional Conference for NGOs hosted by the MHRD, and the MHRD Secretary made a special mention of ChalkLit. By then we had finished our trainings in the 2 districts of Odisha we were working, we had observed the entire cascade process- Akshara training key resources, who further trained teachers downstream. Ours is an intensely activity based training, so everyone who got trained often remembered the activities they did during it. But what we observed was that they were missing out the mathematical conceptual articulation around those activities, when they retrained someone else. So we had been looking for different solutions and tech solutions always have the highest leverage in terms of efforts vs outreach! So I went to ChalkLit’s office in Noida, and over the host’s Aloo Parathas, we decided we needed to put up our entire training session on their platform. Theirs is a platform which emulates “Educational Social Media” features with the entire range of a wall, like buttons, polls, comments, and back-end analytics! After the first session, I was able to align my head office in having a formal MoU and now our entire content is up on ChalkLit. I was supported by their team on the curation panel, guidance around what gets people to engage more on an online training platform. My biggest lesson was that, even if the content was online, user experience always comes with active platform engagement i.e. consumption of content is still not a one-way process. We are just waiting to pilot this online, yet actively engaging training in Odisha, as a refresher course and look forward to a stronger partnership with ChalkLit.

 

-Lipsa Bharati, Program Manager & State lead- Odisha, Akshara Foundation

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