Sampark launches FLN TV for govt schools in HP

Hyderabad, Aug 3 (FN Agency) In an effort to transform government school classrooms into smart classrooms, Sampark Foundation, a leading NGO transforming primary education through frugal innovation, on Wednesday announced it has launched the FLN TV for government schools in Himachal Pradesh. The Government of Himachal Pradesh and Sampark Foundation is jointly implementing the program in the state. This initiative is part of Sampark’s vision to drive large-scale improvement in learning outcomes and support government schools in becoming future-ready. Sampark FLN TV helps teachers use lesson plans, content videos, activity videos, gamification of assessments and worksheets to make the class smart, interactive and joyful, the foundation said in a release. Sampark FLN TV is expected to not only increase attendance but also improve learning outcomes by at least 30 per cent.

Till now, Sampark through a self-funded initiative has provided the Sampark FLN (Foundational Literacy and Numeracy) TV device for 111 schools in Himachal Pradesh across 12 districts in the state impacting 3500 children. So far 92 teachers in three locations have been trained on the usage of Sampark FLN TV while another 19 teachers will be trained this month. The TV sets for the program are being provided by the state government. In the next few years, Sampark FLN TV will be installed in all the schools of Himachal Pradesh. Sampark FLN TV is a device that converts any television into an interactive learning platform, featuring quizzes, worksheets, animated content and so on. The device comes with preloaded lessons delivered by Sampark Didi (extremely popular mascot and virtual teacher of Sampark Smart Shala). Significantly, this device can work offline too without any internet.

The set-up includes an android set-up box and a remote with chapters organised according to the state curriculum. “Sampark FLN TV is a huge step in our vision of providing quality education for all through innovative and large-scale solutions,” said Vineet Nayar, Founder-Chairman of Sampark Foundation. Unlike other edtech platforms, our initiative comes at no cost to schools. Instead, we are investing Rs 100 crore across the country to offer students and teachers a unique and highly impactful product, Nayar, the former CEO of HCL Technologies, added. Currently, the Sampark Smart Shala program is impacting over 1 crore children through its implementation in 84,000 primary government schools in 6 states –Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.