ROTARY INDIA LITERACY MISSION AND TOP OF CLASS SIGN MOU
- 1,00,000 tablet PCs will be distributed to the families of the martyrs of the armed and police forces
- Beneficiaries will also include covid warriors and EWS
- Signing of a memorandum of understanding between Rotary India Literacy Mission and the edutech First In Class platform
- E-learning and live teaching modules to be provided free of charge
- Largest non-governmental free e-learning initiative in India and the world
- The platform will be available in Hindi, English, Tamil, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali and 6 other regional languages
The First In Class edutech platform has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rotary India Literacy Mission (RILM) to create the largest free edutech initiative in India and the world. One Lakh (1,00,000) tablet PCs will be distributed for free. All tablets will be loaded with fully functional e-learning platforms also provided free of charge by First In Class.
This is done to mark the occasion of 75th Independence Year of India – Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav.
First In Class will provide high quality K-12 content in line with CBSE-NCERT curricula. In a notable first, classes will be available in Hindi, English, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, Punjabi and 6 other regional languages to facilitate inclusion, access and native language learning.
Cultural learning, language learning, language training and spiritual learning modules will also be available through the First In Class platform. For higher education, entrance test modules and specialization in UPSC, law and engineering are also offered.
The MoU was signed today between RILM Chairman Kamal Sanghvi and iTV Network Founder Kartikeya Sharma in a virtual ceremony.
“The government is keen to promote digital learning. In this context, RILM has already entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with NCERT to provide e-learning content. Vocational Education, First In Class in conjunction with RILM to create content for upper-class vocational education,” said Kamal Sanghvi, RILM President when signing the memorandum of understanding.
“First In Class was born from the vision that every child is unique and deserves equal opportunities to learn and think. Our program is the result of extensive research into new digital learning techniques. Our highly experienced teachers have carefully curated the curriculum to prioritize student perspectives. At First In Class, we believe we have a duty to the children of martyrs and those of the armed forces and corona warriors, in addition to students in cities across the India who have made sacrifices for the nation and we must help their families towards a better future,” said Ms. Aishwarya Sharma, Founder, First In Class.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding took place in the presence of the President of Rotary International, Mr. Shekhar Mehta, and senior Rotary officials, MAS Venkatesh, Mr. Vivek Tankha and Dr. Mahesh Kotbagi.
“It is our way of saluting our martyrs in the 75th year of independence. Although it is impossible to fulfill our debt to those who sacrificed their lives, it is our tribute. We are working on learning in online in India for 10 years, reaching thousands of schools offering world-class audio-visual content,” said Rotary International President Mr. Shekhar Mehta during the signing of the MoU.
Member of Parliament and Rotarian Mr. Vivek Tankha said “What is done today, the world will remember. This Memorandum of Understanding is an organized effort to tell the Rotary and corporate world that we are ready to educate one million deserving children”.
MAS Venkatesh, alumnus of IIT-M and IIM-A and director of Rotary International added “This is an important MoU that will change the way India is going to be in the years to come.”
Dr. Mahesh Kotbagi, Rotary International Directoradded, “Dedicating free online learning facilities to child martyrs is a great way to showcase our Indian ethos.”
First In Class is emerging as one of the most in-depth, diverse and content-rich Edutech platforms in India which strives to provide affordable Edutech solutions in local languages to Indian masses. It has been built on years of research and application of the latest technologies and teaching techniques by some of the best educators in India and abroad.
RILM is one of the largest education initiatives in the world focused on total literacy and quality education. As part of the TEACH initiative, he focuses on teacher support, e-learning, adult literacy, child development and Happy School. It trains and recognizes teachers, helps modernize government/government-subsidized schools, and establishes online learning centers across the country. It is led by prominent members of the Rotary fellowship.