In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, Aide et Action launches “iDream”, a distance learning application for marginalized children
While the closure of schools, linked to the COVID-19 crisis, deprives 1.5 billion children of education, Aide et Action is doing everything to ensure educational continuity within its projects. In India, our teams have just launched the “iDream learning app” designed to provide uninterrupted access to learning for the most isolated children living in rural areas.
This April 23, Aide et Action officially launched its iDream learning app in India. Intended for marginalized children, it aims to provide uninterrupted access to comprehensive and appropriate educational content, enabling the holistic development of the youngest and the improvement of their academic and cognitive skills.
Breaking down the language barrier
Most Indian children living in rural areas go to school using the local language of instruction, which is different from their own mother tongue. Their ability to follow courses well is therefore greatly reduced. For these learners, the use of the application which includes both the local language and the mother tongue allows better understanding and therefore improved results.
“IDream learning app” offers a range of learning modules not only in Hindi and English, but also in other local languages, including Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali and Oriya.
Allow every child to realize their dreams
“Education plays an important role in transforming people’s lives and an application like iDream can help reduce school dropouts, even in times of crisis,” said Charles-Emmanuel Ballanger, executive director of Aide et Action, while launching the application. I hope this will help many children, especially girls, to continue their education and achieve their dreams.”
According to Savy Lach, the association’s deputy general manager, the timing is particularly important: “The launch of the iDream application is an appropriate step in this period of global health crisis. It is an appropriate solution to deepen the lessons and offer learning activities within reach of each child in the absence of school. He also expressed his interest in the deployment of the application elsewhere, in particular in Cambodia and Laos, where Aide et Action already promotes various learning content for children in primary schools,” he said.
“I congratulate the team on bringing the app in multiple languages for the benefit of children from different cultural backgrounds. This app has the potential for greater outreach,” said Sanjeev Kotnala, AEA South Asia Board Member and a leading Brand and Marketing expert.
“The special features of the iDream learning app have enabled uninterrupted learning for some of the most underprivileged children in Aide et Action project locations across India, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. The app’s ability to accommodate many other features based on the emerging needs of its diverse users makes it suitable for schoolchildren in many other parts of the world as well,” said Ravi Pratap Singh, International Program Director, Aide et Action International.
Most of the people we support live in remote regions and do not have access to the necessary learning resources and infrastructure. This is why Aide et Action firmly believes that the “iDream” application is a particularly relevant digital tool for bridging these educational inequalities and reaching the learners, until then, left behind.
To find out more : https://www.idreameducation.org/learningapp
Find our application on the google store: iDream Learning App