EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS

Hindi and English Speed Typing Competition using Assistive Technology for Students with Visual Impairment

Project Summary
Tatsat Foundation in Partnership with Saksham School, Noida, organized a Speed Typing Competition for visually impaired students of various age groups which were determined by the class grade in which they are studying. It was India’s first such competition that was aimed at empowering students with visual impairment through assistive technology by organising a national-level annual Computer Speed and Accuracy competition for school-aged children.
More than 50 students from Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, and Delhi, among others, took part in the one-day competition. The winners were given cash prizes apart from medals and certificates.
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India being home to around 20% of the visually impaired population, it’s important to provide youngsters with pedagogical and technological assistance so that they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills for assimilating with the mainstream workforce of the country in the future
Project Objectives:
  • To generate interest in assistive technology within the visually impaired community.
  • To motivate students with visual impairment to learn, practise and refine their Braille and assistive technology skills.
  • To create a platform where these skills are rewarded and overtly acknowledged as indispensable and crucial to the independent living and functioning of people with visual impairment.
  • The speed and accuracy aspect of the competition intends to encourage the students to develop the requisite skills to do their schoolwork, assignments, tests and exams independently using assistive technology.
  • To prepare students with the technical skills that will enable them to become valuable members of the workforce in the future.
The rationale behind organizing this event is to sensitize the community and motivate the students to adopt the latest assistive technology solutions instead of depending on traditional Braille for their education

The rationale behind organizing this event is to sensitize the community and motivate the students to adopt the latest assistive technology solutions instead of depending on traditional Braille for their education.

Project Aim :
Encouraging the students who have chosen to become independent in reading and writing by using Assistive technology instead of relying on scribes to write their assignments and examinations.

Project Details :

Students were divided into three categories
  • Sub-junior (grades 3-5)
  • Junior (grades 6-9)
  • Senior (grades 9-12)
The students were given worksheets to transcribe on their laptops with the help of a reader that was provided by the organisers. The students are judged based on speed, accuracy, and basic formatting.
In total competition was held in seven categories:
EVENTS & CATEGORIES
S. No. EVENT CATEGORY
1 English Speed & Accuracy competition Sub Junior (Grade 3 to Grade 5)
2 English Speed & Accuracy competition Junior (Grade 6 to Grade 8)
3 English Speed & Accuracy competition Senior (Grade 9 to Grade 12)
4 Hindi Speed & Accuracy competition Sub Junior (Grade 3 to Grade 5)
5 Hindi Speed & Accuracy competition Junior (Grade 6 to Grade 8)
6 Hindi Speed & Accuracy competition Senior (Grade 9 to Grade 12)
7 English Orbit Speed and accuracy competition Junior (Grade 6 to Grade 8)

Winners and Awards :

  • Three winners were chosen from each of the seven categories and were given cash awards, medals, and certificates.
  • First, second, and third prize winners received a cash prize of Rs.7,000, Rs.5,000, and Rs.3,000 respectively.
  • All winners received medals along with cash prizes.
  • All participants in the competition received certificates of participation in appreciation of their efforts.
  • The title of “Fastest Fingers” was awarded to the student who won the maximum number of medals.
  • The school with the maximum number of winners was awarded the “Best Participating School” title

Winners of the Competition

S.No Winners No.of Medals Category School Name
1 Hitesh Dagar 2 Sub-Junior DAV Public School
2 Vatshal 1 Sub-Junior Sunrise Ville school
3 Yusuf Zaman 2 Sub-Junior Vibgyor High School
4 Hari Om 2 Junior Salwan Public School
5 Madhubanti Rohit 1 Junior Nethra Vidyalaya
6 Anmol Narula 2 Junior Tulsi Public School
7 Ashvin Rajesh 1 Senior Mount Carmel School
8 Pranam Srivastava 2 Senior Millennium School
9 Naman Khetrpal 1 Senior Pathway World School
10 Aman Kumar 1 Sub-Junior Tagore International School
11 Rahul Kumar 1 Junior Dharam Public School
12 Tejasvi Raj 1 Junior D.P.S.R.K.Puram
13 Rohit Saini 1 Senior Rajasthan Netraheen Kalyan Sangh
14 Pallavi Adhikari 1 Senior Salwan Public School
15 Akash 1 Junior Cambridge School
16 Pari Kumari 1 Junior Salwan Public School

Special Prize

  • SAKASHAM SCHOOL was awarded the “Best Participating School” title Won 14 Medals
  • Anmol Narula was awarded the title of “Fastest Fingers”

Workshop on Birds for Children with Multiple Disabilities

Project Summary
Tatsat FoundationTM in collaboration with Shubham Housing Finance organised a workshop on birds for children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities at Saksham Trust, Noida, on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. The chief guest of the workshop was the Nest Man of India, Rakesh Khatri, who has been working in the field of environment conservation for the past two decades and has confidence that artificial nests can help birds in sustaining themselves in cities.
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The workshop was a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative of Shubham Housing Finance, a leader in providing housing finance solutions to those with informal incomes.
Beneficiaries
A total of 20 students with visual impairment and multiple disabilities in the age group of 8 to 20 years of Saksham Trust, Noida.
Project Aim
It trained the students with disabilities about different types of birds, their beak structures and claws with the help of tactile diagrams and besides their calls using audio cues. Then they were taught how to build nests with the use of eco-friendly material that can help them survive in mega cities.
For making nests, Mr. Khatri provided them with nest-making kits. The participants enjoyed learning about the unique conservation activity from the world-renowned conservator.
Project Outcome / Output
Long-term outcome

EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS

Content Generation in Braille for Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs)

Capacity building for Persons with Disability (PwDs) for IGPR&GVS public officials and ensuring greater accessibility and inclusivity of people with disabilities (PwD).
Project Summary
The objective of this project is to develop content in accessible format for public officials with disabilities working with the IGPR&GVS and Rural Development departments in accessible format. This includes assimilating, compiling, and curating content that is used by the departments’ officials in their day-to-day work in Braille, audio books and sign language formats. The mandate of this project is to improve and enhance accessibility and promote inclusivity for PwDs.
Beneficiaries
Public officials (PwDs) of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Department of Rural Development.
Project Aim
To build capacity for PwDs across IGPR&GVS cadre strength, enabling them to perform their duties and tasks with full participation.
Project Outcome / Output

EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS

Social Sector Education Project

Status: Proof-of-concept stage
Background

The social sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in India. Social sector expenditure increased to 8.8 percent as a proportion of GDP in FY 2020-21. This increase was seen across all sectors such as education, health, nutrition, and skill development, among others. The growth of the social sector underlines the massive potential for investments inn key areas, which can quicken economic development and social equilibrium.

However, despite the high spend in the social sector, India’s HDI ranking in 2019 was 131 compared to 129 in 2018 out of a total 189 countries— a drop of two places. This underscores the need for greater investments in the social sector for India to reap the dividends of its demographic advantage.

Despite the size of the sector and its significant impact on the Indian economy, the entire sector remains highly unstructured and unorganized, which is alarming. Even though it plays a critical role in delivering services and remedies to some of the most vulnerable sections of people in India, the social sector is marked by the lack of professionals, skilled, qualified and/or trained experts, workers, and volunteers.

India’s progress towards becoming a $ 5 trillion economy bears a direct corelation to exponential increase in social equity that will ensure greater demand and consumption—the two most critical engines of economic progress.  

What FORMAL SOCIAL SECTOR EDUCATION can deliver
Objectives of Social Sector Education Project
  • Programmes & Certifications

    Create undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate degree programs within the current education system Create diploma certification programme for professional already engaged in the sector

  • Industry interface

    The academic side will have a strong interface with the industry for providing practical training through internship, summer jobs and projects for practical training in the field. Establish a strong campus recruitment programme for the pass outs

  • Evaluation

    Conduct social audits, monitoring, and evaluation of projects funded by entities.

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EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS

Phase 1 of Social Sector Education project

Stage 1
  • Education Gap Identification: Mapping of the Indian education scenario and creating a project report to identify the gaps in the social sector education structure in India.  
  • Building a curriculum, based on the project report for:
    • Short-term courses (Certificate Courses)
    • Diploma Courses
    • Undergraduate Courses
    • Post-Graduation Courses  
Stage 1
  • Content creation based on the curriculum would be divided into:
    • Online Content
    • Blended Learning Content
  • Identifying, approaching, and tying up with international and national universities and institutes for the rollout of the programmes 
  • Faculty development Training for the partners on the curriculum and Content

Phase 2 of Social Sector Education project

The second phase would entail setting up Centres of Excellence (CoE) at prominent locations to promote specialised training in social sector management.

Social Sector Education project

Education Accessibility & Vocational Training for Differently Abled People

Status: Proof-of-concept stage
Background
According to the 2011 census report, approximately 2.68 crore people are born or live with some form of disability, translating to 2.21 percent of the population. Only 8.5 percent of India’s disabled population have access to higher education, while the prevalence of illiteracy among them is as high as 45 percent. Only 9 percent of disabled children progress beyond primary education due to the lack disabled-friendly infrastructure and specialised teaching methodologies. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Disability factsheet has warned that with rapid increase global population, the number of people with some form of disability will rise significantly due to chronic health conditions in the coming decades.

The Government of India’s poverty reduction agenda will not be effective unless sufficient emphasis is placed on addressing the needs for ‘inclusion in education’ and skill development for disabled people. It will be the first step towards greater acceptance of diversity and for creating more tolerant, equitable and cohesive societies.

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Gap Analysis
Drop in Budgetary allocation
No Roadmap
Underrepresentation of statistics by Gov
Lack for infrastructure
Objectives of the Project
Objectives of the project
Implementation Plan
Implementation Plan
Social Sector Education project

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