Impact Story from Beed, Maharashtra | Reading and Comprehension with ReadToMe®

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ReadToMe® A Multi-Sensory English Reading and Comprehension AI Software in Maharashtra Schools

In a small village, Saundana, District Beed, Maharashtra, school teachers are determined to bring change in students’ confidence to read and speak in English with the help of ReadToMe®, a multi-sensory reading and comprehension AI software. Meet Laxmikant Salve, who is inspiring and adding value to the lives of many students by introducing them to an edtech initiative RightToRead. Laxmikant is an English teacher since 2010 and is currently teaching English to grades 4-5 students in Zilla Parishad Primary School, Beed.

The RightToRead journey began in Maharashtra in 2014-15 with 125 schools in 3 districts. The initial pilot of this edtech project was implemented in partnership with Social Empowerment and Economic Development Society (SEEDS) in 125 schools of Aurangabad, Beed, Jalna. This was a stepping stone towards improving government schools students’ English reading and comprehension skills in Maharashtra using technology in the classroom. In 2018, the Government of Maharashtra, Schoolnet and EnglishHelper signed an MoU to implement the RightToRead Program in 65,000 digitally equipped government schools in the state. Across the education system in India, this technology enabled method of reading for enhancing English literacy is a strong endorsement of the evolving synergy of technology and education. Today, as the program rolls out across the state, more than 50,000 teachers have been trained in over 13000 schools in 34 districts of Maharashtra.

Laxmikant Salve tells us why this software is making a difference to him and his students. He really enjoys the platform – it is simple to use in class and has very useful features. ReadtoMe® enables reading of the prescribed text book. Salve is delighted with the ability to find word meanings by just clicking on any word. He talks about the picture dictionary that helps students comprehend the meanings of words. As per the teacher, students who are predominantly Marathi speakers are also greatly enabled by the translation to Marathi feature on ReadToMe®. RightToRead is helping students to improve their English reading and comprehension skills. 

It is estimated, over the next six months, more than 10 million (one crore) students in Maharashtra will be covered by the RightToRead initiative. Maharashtra is pioneering the demonstration of successful deployment of education technology in India! To know more about our impact in Maharashtra please click here.

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