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Mr Binayak Acharya ( Founder & Managing Director )

From the Founder’s Diary

Education is the seed that, when planted in the mind, can grow into bountiful community development and individual growth on a long-term basis. As the founder of ThinkZone, Mr Binayak Acharya is acutely aware of this. He was a part of various social activities and social entrepreneurship groups in Odisha. As an MBA graduate, he wanted to do what he did best after seeing that the basis of every problem was the lack of basic, quality primary education. He felt that if primary education was strongholded, everything else would fall into place. His interactions with tribal youth in Odisha really cemented his conviction and his ideas about primary education. Thus, he opened ThinkZone in 2015 to cater to kids of 3-10 years using localised tech-based pedagogy

Technology is meant to serve the most pressing needs of humankind, first and foremost. However, we are lost in a world where technology in our everyday lives only fuels conspicuous consumption. One organisation that hits the sweet spot with technology is ThinkZone. The NGO works with anganwadi workers and school teachers to implement technology-aided quality primary education Cuttack, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Khordha in Odisha. 

The NGO’s tech+touch model trains educators to implement activity-based teaching and learning methodologies, which are implemented in schools, anganwadis and learning centres. This is done via data-driven mobile and voice/SMS based technology and low-cost learning resources. 

ThinkZone’s mobile app is used to regularly share activities and classroom management modules with educators. Videos, group and individual activities, role play, and arts and crafts are inculcated into the state board curriculum to make learning more fun for the young souls.

This system uses a level-based teaching approach, where the children’s abilities in arithmetic and language are first assessed to determine which level they are at. This allows their teachers to give them activities that they will be capable of completing so that they don’t feel out of their depth. This also helps them to slowly arrive at the baseline for their grade and catch up with learning competencies appropriate for their level.

 

During the pandemic, ThinkZone took to using accessible technology to implement ‘home-based education programs’ for children aged 3-10 years. It uses voice call & SMS-based learning platforms to reach out to parents so that they can engage with their children in activity-based learning content. The user-friendly modules can be understood and implemented by parents regardless of their literacy level. This program enables parents to work towards developing the skills of their children from an early age.

 

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Technology is meant to serve the most pressing needs of humankind, first and foremost. However, we are lost in a world where technology in our everyday lives only fuels conspicuous consumption. One organisation that hits the sweet spot with technology is ThinkZone. The NGO works with anganwadi workers and school…Read More

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