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Education for All has remained an elusive dream in India despite investment of US $ 5 billion in the last five years. Investment on ICT intervention was marginal. 92 million of the 200 million Indian children will not complete their eight years of elementary education that is their statutory right from April 1, 2010. The paper seeks to examine the effectiveness of ICT Intervention as a modern tool to make available good quality education to all as also enable the Policy makers to track the progress of every individual child from Class I to Class VIII. The task is clearly beyond the current conventional manual approach. India has now become “the IT spot” in the world. The potential of the ICT revolution to facilitate attainment of Education For All in the context of the complexities and infrastructural constraints of the country has been explored through Action Research. This involved making a limited ICT intervention in two schools in the slum areas of Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Use of biometrics devices to record the attendance of children on a daily basis and making the same available to decision makers on a real time basis was examined and found to be feasible. Similar attempt to track on line the status of health of the children and their educational performance was also successful. The gap between the educational performance of healthy children and those suffering from serious malnourishment was found to be twenty percentage points. A detailed study covering the remote and inaccessible tribal areas of the country is essential to design the exact contours of the required ICT intervention. It therefore becomes necessary for Government of India to examine and set an appropriate budget for ICT intervention from its overall budget of US $ 50 billion in respect of Education for All.
Keywords: manual approach, on line tracking, ICT, Education for All
Phadnis, P., Kumar, B.V. and Rege, P. (2010) ICT Intervention to Facilitate Education for All, Anthology of Abstracts of the 3rd International Conference on ICT for Africa, March 25-27, Yaoundé, Cameroon. Baton Rouge, LA: International Center for IT and Development.