RACHEL Device for Remote Learning in Ban Village, East Bali

This project is implemented by Yayasan Kopernik on behalf of our partner who provided grant funding for this project.

We are testing the Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning (RACHEL) device in Ban Village. RACHEL enables teachers and students with limited internet access to gain access to learning materials.

Project Type

  • Experimentation

THE PROBLEM

Education is a basic human right. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in the temporary closure of schools and a shift to online learning, access to proper education has become more difficult for students in remote areas. In the foothills of Mount Agung in East Bali, students in Ban Village have found participating in online classes challenging.

The remote village of Ban has limited road access, limited clean water, and other basic facilities, with many families living in poverty. For many students, Learning materials and internet access are unaffordable, making online learning inaccessible. Further, internet access is generally very limited, with residents having to walk 1 to 2 kilometers to find a stable internet connection. Limited road access also results in challenges for teachers wanting to conduct visits and home monitoring.

With all these challenges, teachers and students in Ban Village need a simple solution that can facilitate remote learning effectively. 

THE SOLUTION

To support access to education in Ban Village, we are experimenting with the RACHEL device. It is a portable, battery-powered device equipped with educational materials that are accessible by students and teachers without the need for an internet connection. The materials in RACHEL can be easily connected to nearby tablets, laptops, or smartphones.

Prior to the experiment, we translated the operational language of RACHEL to Bahasa Indonesia and added learning materials suitable for the Indonesian education curriculum.

We are testing RACHEL to find whether this means of delivering educational materials to students in remote areas can improve and increase students' engagement in learning activities.

We will also measure the usability and adaptability of RACHEL for both teachers and students, and record their feedback. 

THE EXPECTED IMPACT

We expect students and teachers to have easier access to learning materials, which will increase motivation and engagement in remote learning.

If proven successful, this technology could be adopted or replicated by the government and educational service providers to improve the learning process, especially in areas with limited internet access. 

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PROJECT COST

Type
Description
Amount

Solution & Project Implementation

Costs associated with the purchase of the solutions tested and project coordination

$3,354

Monitoring & Evaluation

Costs associated with data collection, analysis and reporting

$3,514

Administration Fee

Cost of transferring payments internationally, processing online donations (5%) and a contribution to Kopernik's operational costs (15%)

$168

Total $7,036

This project is implemented by Yayasan Kopernik on behalf of our partner who provided grant funding for this project.