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Approach to Materiality (Material issues)Enhancing the quality of education in India's public schools through the deployment of projectors and digital learning materials

SDGs 4

Background and issues

imageClass conducted outdoors owing to a lack of facilities

Many of India's children cannot attend school or drop out early. The factors in this situation include poor educational services and a lack of infrastructure and supplies. The situation is particularly challenging at schools serving a lot children living in poverty, as those institutions often lack the charts, models, and other supplementary materials for textbooks and expertise in using IT equipment. Such children have few opportunities to engage with the world beyond their immediate communities, and find it very difficult to understand objects and concepts that they have never previously encountered.

Serving the social good through business

imageProjector being used in class

In October 2013, Ricoh joined with Save the Children and the Japan International Cooperation Agency to launch a pilot teaching program employing projectors and digital materials to enhance the quality of education, help make learning more fun, and generate more student input. Another goal was for Ricoh to survey classrooms so it could develop and commercialize solutions packages for education markets in emerging nations. As a result of these initiatives, schools whose teachers had learned how to use the projectors and digital learning materials and had themselves created materials they used in their classes demonstrated significant improvements from before the pilot program in terms of student comprehension, teacher leadership, motivation, and other benchmarks. These results encouraged the Telangana Department of School Education decided to increase the number of schools using information and communication technology in lessons. Some of the schools have already deployed Ricoh projectors.

Key Performance Indicators from Social Issues Perspectives

  1. Student comprehension improvement: Around 30% Note: Based on findings at time of survey
  2. Equipment and materials deployed at 1,000 schools in Telangana (as of the end of 2017).