Digital Study Hall (DiSH)

The DiSH project uses interactive video lessons to deliver quality lessons in public primary schools in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, simultaneously training teachers to improve pedagogy and teaching practices.
Year launched: 
2012
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CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
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Implementer: 
Human Development Foundation (HDF)
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Location Data

State/Province: 
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Punjab
City: 
Mardan, Rahim Yar Khan
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Program Description: 

HDF started a project of Digital Study Hall (DiSH) Project with the support of Ilm Ideas Education Fund of DFID and with the funds from UKaid in July 2012 in 30 selected schools of Mardan district. The purpose of the intervention was to achieve enhanced learning outcomes and improved pedagogy through showing video lessons to students of the selected schools. Three types of Schools i.e. Private, Govt. and HDF were included and the video lessons were designed for three subjects of two grades i.e. Math and English for grade I and Math and General Science for grade III and science. It explored the possibility of resolving the problem of quality teachers by the use of technology. It aimed at improving education for disadvantaged children in rural and urban schools in Pakistan. Engaging video lessons were shown to students in targeted schools as a complementary teaching tool with the purpose of achieving enhanced learning outcomes and improved pedagogy. The students of a given class watched these video lessons with a teacher in the room, who acted as a mediator between the lesson on TV and the students, and led discussions and activities. The teacher also received additional training to help him/her improve delivery and incorporating technology into his daily lesson plan.

Upon successful completion of first phase of the project, the same project was scaled up in district Rahim Yar Khan where 65 schools were selected for implementation of the intervention where approximately 4000 students were direct beneficiaries of the project and 260 teachers were trained in delivering education through video lessons.   

Highlighting Innovation: 
DiSH allows the creation a digital database of curriculum currently implemented by the government for use by masses of students who do not have access to quality schools.
Key Challenges: 
One of the key challenges faced by HDF team was to track and reach out to out-of-school children which was taken care of by the social mobilization team through intensive surveying techniques and tools.