Digital Citizenship & Internet Maturity in Schools of India

Project Representative
Mr. Raghu Pandey
Creation Date: 2014
Geographical Reach: India
Nature and number of beneficiaries: Students of grades 6th to 12th, Teachers & Parents. Number of beneficiaries: approx 9000 reached till date (and counting).
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Digital Citizenship & Internet Maturity in Schools of India

About the Project

After interacting with more than 5,000 students, Citywala Infotech identified the need to train the students on 'Digital Citizenship & Internet Maturity' to enable them to make the best use of the Internet in education, avoid the negative effects of the Internet and be well-prepared for a twenty-first century career.

Context and Issue

Citywala Infotech, through its web service 'iBranch.in' has been a pioneer in providing knowledge sharing portals to schools and colleges in central India. While imparting training to students for making the best use of their portals, they realized that students learn the ABC of Internet very fast but do not go beyond its EFG (Entertainment, Fun & Gossip). They also discovered that there was no book that could guide the students on Digital Citizenship, nor there was any curriculum framework which schools could follow.

Solution and Impact

After taking the initiative to create a self-help guide and a curriculum framework Citywala Infotech launched in 2014 India's only book on Digital Citizenship & Internet Maturity "Become an iMature Student", and in 2015 they released an open curriculum framework for the same. In parallel, they also created a parents' education kit in collaboration with a school "21st Century Parents Kit" to enable parents to be able to guide their children on digital citizenship and Internet maturity.

A first success came with The Sanskaar Valley School, Bhopal, becoming the first school in India to include Digital Citizenship & Internet Maturity in their mainstream curriculum for grades 6th onwards. Subsequently, India's leading EdTech magazine EdTechReview partnered with Citywala Infotech to replicate the project in other parts of India.

Since the launch, the campaign has reached more than 1,500 students in Bhopal and over 7,000 middle class families in central India received the 21st Century Parents Kit. Also, a pilot project on including Digital Citizenship & Internet Maturity has started in various schools across India.

Future Developments

Some of the upcoming developments are creating a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) for Digital Citizenship and Internet Maturity, as well as making teachers’ training videos.

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