About the Report
Schooling is a universal experience and is the most common means by which societies prepare their children for the future. In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced nearly 1.5 million schools in India to shut down for an indefinite period. With in-school learning no longer an option, nearly 250 million students faced the loss of learning leading to widened grade-level inequalities. Due to indefinite school closures, home learning via digital tools became the only way forward. But the government machinery was unprepared for such a sudden shift, making implementing and scaling e-learning solutions a major challenge.
Over the last year, traditional classroom-based teaching models had to quickly adapt to educational technology (EdTech) enabled models, exposing teachers and students to new innovative educational methodologies. Several programs were launched to help continue student learning at home with enough resources to avoid any further learning loss. These programs were designed and implemented by senior education department officials with the help of partners like Central Square Foundation, Samagra, Boston Consulting Group and Leadership for Equity. In this playbook, we study the home learning initiatives of seven states, identifying key learnings and implementation challenges from these case studies and highlighting the solutions developed for the same. The best practices identified in this guidebook can be replicated for further developing and implementing home learning programs in India. As part of our analysis, we have generated evidence on the extent to which home learning resources are reaching children and their impact on student engagement and learning. These findings can also be used while planning for blended digital education programs.