- Year: 2013
- Award: World Summit Youth Award
- Category: Education for All!
- Producer: Mr. Maninder Singh Bajwa
- Country: India
- URL: http://www.iscuela.net/
iScuela is a self-learning platform for school kids. The project is based on an Android platform, which provides children with learning material for an entire year without the need of an internet connection. The creators of iScuela are aiming at tackling problems in the education sector such as affordability of education, internet availability, the gap between the level of education in cities and rural areas and the lack of qualified teachers. iScuela combines images, audio, video, 3D animations and other interactive methods to deliver complicated content matter that is not just interesting but easy to grasp for all school children. The idea of iScuela is to teach pupils in the way they want to learn.
“We wanted to create an online portal to deliver education at various levels, but lack of internet penetration & high cost of hardware meant this portal would only reach a handful. With the tablet PC era taking shape and hardware costs coming down, we decided to build a product based on the open source operating system Android that can be run offline. We believe that the majority of today’s problems in the world can be solved by empowering our society. There is no better way to empower ourselves than educating our children. Going forward, it is not oil, gas or gold but how educated we are. This will determine where we head as a race.” (Maninder Singh Bajwa)