UNICEF lauds Kerala’s digital education model

Kerala’s KITE-led EdTech model is without relying on profit-driven vendors, both scalable and adaptable, making it valuable for other regions
Kerala’s KITE-led EdTech model is without relying on profit-driven vendors
Kerala’s KITE-led EdTech model is without relying on profit-driven vendorsEdexLive Desk

According to a report by IANS, a UNICEF India study has lauded Kerala’s digital education initiatives (EdTech) for serving as a model not just for other Indian states, but also for middle-income and developed countries.

The report titled Empowering Adolescents with Future-Ready Skills – The Inspiring Story of Little KITEs, was released, in Kerala, today, Saturday, July 6, in the presence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, V Sivankutty, Minister for General Education, among others.

The study focused on the Little Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITEs) programme, the largest ICT network of students in India, implemented by KITE across 2,174 high schools in the state.

Kerala’s KITE-led EdTech model is without relying on profit-driven vendors, both scalable and adaptable, making it valuable for other regions.

The study emphasises that choosing Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) over proprietary software has technological, economic, social and pedagogical benefits, as demonstrated by KITE’s success.

The report notes that Kerala saved Rs 3,000 crore by using open-source software, and even Finland has expressed interest in replicating the little KITEs model.

UNICEF study urges expanding little KITEs’ time, reaching all high schools and higher secondary levels.

KITE is training 80,000 teachers in Artificial Intelligence (AI), making it a unique model in the country.

“It is evident that little KITEs is a well-sown seed in the fertile ground of EdTech in Kerala. It has grown rapidly and has promoted a wide range of students across the private school system to explore creativity and problem-solving, to connect school to life in innovative ways, and to architect safe digital futures,” the study noted.

Akila Radhakrishnan, Social Policy Specialist with UNICEF India, said the study identifies the little KITEs programme as a truly unique FOSS-based EdTech intervention, and we are committed to sharing its success stories with other states and countries.

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