The state governments of Karnataka and Chhattisgarh in India have expanded an EDC initiative involving interactive classroom lessons via radio, to reach approximately 5 million students. The program is part of a three-state radio initiative that involves 7 million children in more than 80,000 schools. The large-scale broadcasts of “Chukki Chinna” and “English Is Fun” in Karnataka and Chhattisgarh, respectively, follow successful pilot tests in the two states earlier this year.
The program expansion, supported by the state departments of education, is part of the Technology Tools for Teaching and Training (T4) program, which works to produce and deliver quality education, notably for girls and other vulnerable populations. T4 builds on the existing state curriculum and emphasizes listening and speaking skills. Students practice skills when they sing songs, play games, and conduct exercises during the 30-minute broadcasts. In addition to student programs, the project offers support for teachers.
Originally published on September 1, 2005