AhaGuru, one of South India’s leading after-school online IIT+JEE+NEET coaching institute, today announced the launch of new features on its AhaGuru App, especially designed to give access to good quality learning resources to poor children.
During the lockdown, several city schools have been organizing online classes for their students. However, students from economically weaker sections have had no access to any learning resources. The learning loss for these students further widens the education gap between the rich and the poor. To address this issue, AhaGuru recently introduced a Free Math and English Program through the AhaGuru App, to help children from outskirts and rural areas to keep up with their urban peers when it comes to learning in these difficult times. This app builds in unique features that make it work even in areas of low-bandwidth. Allowing a lot of the course content to be accessed offline, the courses on the AhaGuru app are ideal for students in remote towns and villages.
Commenting on the new features of the AhaGuru app, Ms. Gomathi, Director, AhaGuru, said, “This is a critical time for all of us, especially for students are missing out on their learning. We have not only made changes in our technology to serve underprivileged children, but have also made available interesting and simple courses for learning Math and English. We are confident that this initiative will help children from poor families build their skills and confidence.”
She added, “Our first priority in today’s condition is to keep students safe. To do this, it is important to increase awareness on adopting online classes as a means of learning. Once exposed to tech-based learning, students find that they are able to learn more effectively, and at their own pace.”
AhaGuru, in collaboration with an education non-profit organization, Aid India, is now reaching effective learning content to children in villages in various districts of Tamil Nadu. Aid India volunteers have identified around 500 children in villages whose parents/relatives had Android phones, and have helped them download the app.
Math courses with concept videos (in Tamil), solved examples and practice exercises help children from remote locations learn from expert teachers. The English reading and speaking lessons help in building confidence and skills. Apart from the above, Aid India mentors will be available to support and guide the children by answering their doubts over Whatsapp. The children keep in touch with their mentors and share their progress and feedback on a regular basis.
AhaGuru invites any school, teacher or volunteer, who is in touch with 25+ children between Std. 5 and 8, to enrol themselves in this program. AhaGuru will then assign a school code to the students to access the lessons that will help mentors to keep a track on students’ progress and outcomes.