Using technology to improve teacher quality & enhancing classroom experience to ensure positive outcomes on children’s learning

Sesame Workshop India (SWI), the organization behind Galli Galli Sim Sim (GGSS), uses the power of the media to help children reach their highest potential. We develop and distribute high quality and engaging content through television, radio, community radio, print, digital and outreach; to reach children aged 0-8.  Our content aims to facilitate young Indian children's basic academic and life skills, while celebrating India's rich cultural diversity, in order to promote their overall cognitive, socio-emotional and physical development.

In 2012, supported by the MetLife Foundation, SWI piloted a unique project in Gujarat, India. 150 pre-school centers (called Anganwaadi Centres- AWCs), with approximately 2250 pre-school children, their caregivers and 150 Anganwaadi workers (AWW - pre-school teachers) participated in this project. In the pilot, the AWWs and their supervisors were provided & trained to use pre-loaded microSD card enabled mobile phones & hand held projectors. The mobile phones were also pre-loaded with video training modules - which enabled the AWW get refresher trainings whenever she wanted. A phone based support system, using the Integrated Voice Response System (IVRS), was also set up. The AWWs and their supervisors received weekly updates and follow up assessment questions. The participants left questions, experiences and gave feedback on the IVRS.

Anuragini Nagar

Anuragini Nagar oversees the outreach programs at Sesame Workshop India Trust (SWIT) and is leading the MetLife Foundation supported pilot project, being presented at UNESCO MLW 2013. In consultation with the team at Sesame Workshop India, she conceptualized the project and its implementation. This includes - identifying partners and mechanisms to deliver the project, partnership with the government to ensure correct & timely implementation, capacity development and setting up feedback mechanism so that the project design continues to evolve through constant learning.

With over 13 years of experience in development and corporate sector, Anuragini joined Sesame Workshop, in late 2009 and has lead program design and implementation, managing donor, partner and government relationships as well as advocacy and fundraising. She has also co -authored a paper on the experience of implementing Early Childhood Programs in India.

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