Low-Cost Off-Grid Multimedia Classroom

Access to education in off-grid locations using low-cost localized technology

Ensuring access of students in areas out of touch of basic infrastructure and electricity to high quality and engaging educational content. Show more

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A challenge to 21st century education service delivery in rural Bangladesh

Chadni Tripura, a 13-year old primary school student in Thanchi, Bandarban district, had to travel for several hours every day to reach her school from home only to study in the dark. The school, like the entire community is devoid of electricity and therefore beyond the reach of conventional multimedia classroom facilities. Tripura being their native language, it is difficult for her to read and write in Bangla and English. Many of her friends have dropped out of school because they are not finding any interest in studying.

Obstacles to the Government’s vision of widespread and modernized education

With the objective of making relevant global and local teaching and learning content available to the teachers and students all across Bangladesh, the government has already established multimedia classroom setup in more than 23,500 primary and secondary schools. But the challenge remains when expanding this solution into areas with frequent load shedding and/or areas without grid electricity like Thanchi. The conventional alternate power solutions are not enough strong to power up conventional multimedia electronic items (like computer, projector).

A low-cost customized technology that can address these challenges

EcO Elctronics and Engineering Ltd. a private tech-based start-up,

understood the latent demand for a low-cost technology that could address all these challenges and be suitable to the local context and environment. Thus, they came up with a high-tech solar-powered multimedia unit consisting of a single board computer (capable of storing any type of digital content) and a high-resolution monitor (allowing teachers to project any content to a class of around 50 pupils). Given the low-power consumption feature, the system after fully charged can run classes for 3 hours each day for at least 7 days. Compared to conventional multimedia projectors, this unit would last at least three times longer. Since the whole unit is developed and assembled locally, maintenance and replacement issues can be taken care of by the innovators themselves. Therefore, we see the opportunity of an innovation being transformed into a business model.

In terms of education delivery, teachers can now store and use digital contents that they have gathered through different channels (like Youtube) and local teachers’ platforms (like the Teachers’ Portal). Students can enjoy classes better and have an in-depth learning experience. Most importantly, all students can get access to the same quality of education.

Up scaling Potential

Having realized the effectiveness of the unit through piloting in extreme locations in ultra-remote locations in Bangladesh, the government has gained confidence in using the unit for its training setups. As the conventional multimedia projectors become obsolete, these low-cost high-tech units can take their place. Some universities have also shown deep interest in adopting this system in their classrooms.  

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COST EFFECTIVE OFF-GRIDMULTIMEDIA CLASSROOM

Chadni Tripura, a 13 years old student of the Thanchi Primary School has to travel for a day in engine boat from her home in Choto Madhappur to come…

COST EFFECTIVE OFF-GRIDMULTIMEDIA CLASSROOM

Chadni Tripura, a 13 years old student of the Thanchi Primary School has to travel for a day in engine boat from her home in Choto Madhappur to come to school. “Theboat fares are expensive so myparents makea visit to her boarding schoolonce a yearonly”Chadni expressed sad-heartedly. Living far away from home due to financial restrains is detaching her from her family at this tender age. Tripura being her native language, it is difficult for her to read and write in Bangla and English.“Many of my friends dropped out of school because they are not finding any interest in studying!” added Chadni. In such constraints visual learning would be more effective for students like her. For dedicated students like Chadni who have seen no other light than the sunlight are now delighted to gain advanced technology education through the multimedia classroom system.Visual education will help these kids learn and understand more effectively.

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