To address the Coronavirus crisis which is affecting the education of millions of children, this platform followed rapid development and testing process over just 5 weeks and was rolled out across 6 states in India through collaboration with the state governments to ensure rapid deployment on the phones of 1 crore parents assisted by 200,000 trained teachers and over 76,000 School management committees.
Baithak is one of India's largest “free” learning and development platforms in Hindi for primary government school children making learning fun and interactive for children while at home.
Baithak provides access to thousands of teaching-learning resources in Hindi, including Sampark Smart Shala animated video lessons, Rhymes, Stories, interactive and engaging games, and classroom activities, worksheets, quizzes, all mapped to state textbooks, and developed in accordance with the states’ syllabus. This app allows users to download the content for free and view without the internet.
For teachers in Government schools, this mobile application also serves as a social platform to interact with other teachers, share their classroom innovations, celebrate their achievements and ask questions for community members to solve. It’s India’s largest social platform for the teachers and by the teachers working in government schools—making this a unique hub of crowdsourced classroom innovations and a tool of creating an online community of teachers.
The platform focuses on reward through recognition and offers certificates on clearing courses and badges for active members of the community who contribute to the growth of other members. The platform is customized for each state.
The other unique feature of the platform is a tab where the state leadership interacts directly with the teachers by posting circulars, schedules, guidelines, suggestions and interesting content. Thus, it is a complete 360 platform for the teachers/children/parents who wish to learn in the non-judgemental environment of their homes.
All the content has been developed keeping teachers and children background, knowledge, experience, and the environment in mind and is based on the unique Sampark pedagogy, which is based on three key themes: helping children pick up the language through Listening, Speaking, before proceeding to Reading and Writing (The LSRW approach); Explain complex concepts first in concrete form using teaching-learning material before moving to the abstract form that requires practice in workbooks; and third, teaching first in the local context (the known to unknown approach). This is offered in the form of mock classrooms wherein teachers can see a lesson plan as it should be explained in class. This provides teachers, who may be a first-time learner of a certain concept, a non-judgemental environment to learn.
Sampark Baithak app is a new addition to Sampark Foundation’s Sampark Smart Shala program, which is empowering more than 2,00,000 teachers and helping improve learning outcomes for 7 million children studying in 90,000 government primary schools across 6 states—Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.
Our aim is to bring together over 60 lakh teachers from across the country to improve learning outcomes for 15 crore children studying in government primary schools. We want to ensure that no child is left behind.
Designed and developed by Sampark Foundation’s Innovation lab, Sampark Baithak is one of India's largest learning and development platform for primary government school teachers and children in Hindi, available on the Google Play Store.