Innovation in education

The winners of Blogging Challenge @ techTribe have been announced today. I just checked my mail and winning articles.


The post selected as winner really deserves to be the best because it is about a revolution – a revolution in root cause of every development – education. It beautifully imitates the need for educated people. Ramakrishna refers to the 40.93% of uneducated adult population according to Indian Census 2001 and combines the concept of viral marketing in taking the challenge of educating the Indian population in his post titled – Innovation in education (you will need to sign up in order to view the post).


He proceeds with mentioning that it is this large uneducated population which takes part into voting process and electing the politicians. How can one expect them to be an “informed and well considered choice in electing its government”?


“When the electorate is capable of making informed choices, the country will surely gallop. “


In his post, he elaborate the need and idea for implementation of viral education in following way –

We have all heard of or witnessed viral marketing. Why can’t there be a viral education concept in India? Can’t educating responsibility be cast on all educated people? Albeit voluntarily? Remember military conscription? Something on similar lines (but only voluntary) can be implemented in India too, to spread primary and secondary education among the larger populace. A la PPP models, a CGP (Citizen Government Partnership) model can be put in place, wherein the educated India shoulders (and loves it!) part of the responsibility of educating the uneducated India. A portion of the funds that are earmarked for education every year can be deployed for paying such education volunteers. The volunteers would take up the responsibility of educating a few other people and show results – by way of ensuring that their students pass/acquire the targeted qualification at the end of their learning process. The volunteers can be anybody – educated unemployed, employed people, educated housewives etc. The volunteers would be paid money by the government and in case they are employed people, policy prescriptions can give due recognition to their contribution and encouragement.

The people in comments have declined the hope of receiving political help especially when politicians are enjoying the power provided by this uneducated population and that Kerala has also achieved almost 100% of education without much political assistance. I agree with them to much extent. All that needed is for one educated person to be committed to educate at least one uneducated person. There is need for such volunteer groups and NGOs in the country which can take up such initiatives.


PS: No I didn’t participate, after all I am a working professional :).

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