The Virtual Open School project is implemented in partnership with Pratham, India’s largest education non-governmental organization. It aims to identify and test a model for large-scale, online provision of quality secondary level education in rural areas in an economically sustainable way. The project will target children at risk of dropping out aged 12-16 years with support for Math and English. It is designed to:
- To leverage technology to connect children in poorly served areas with high-quality teachers over the internet;
- To combine intensive tutoring by a high-quality teacher with self-paced learning (through structured access to content) and study the resulting improvements in learning outcomes (measured against average current and desired learning outcomes);
- To document the learning levels and pedagogical needs of children in low-quality learning environments;
To enable children to complete (and improve their performance) K12 schooling; and
- To create a replicable model for delivery of quality education that can be scaled up through existing schools, or through a franchisee model at an affordable cost.