Problem Statement

Migrant workers are among the most marginalized populations in India, and their children face hurdles that include frequent moves, problems with accessing schools in new locations, and language and social barriers. As a result, many migrant children either attend poor quality schools or drop out altogether. In addition, the migrant community remains heavily dependent on older technologies – making them hard to reach and consequently underserved.

Intervention

The Radiophone Project used a multi-pronged approach to provide educational content focusing on literacy, numeracy and physical wellbeing to children of migrant workers in India. In addition to community level advocacy, the project merged mobile technology with radio to extend the reach of the educational content. Using a “missed-call” system, the project called users back directly on their mobile phones after one call in — allowing them to listen to episodes free of airtime fees. In addition, users could call in and share their views, experiences and feedback.

Location

Supi (Uttarakhand), Chamba (Uttarakhand), Kanpur Dehaat (Uttar Pradesh), Orchha (Madhya Pradesh), Solan (Himachal Pradesh), Lalitpur (Uttar Pradesh), Shivpuri (Uttar Pradesh), Mewat (Haryana), Gurgaon (Haryana)

Reach

The project impacted around 1.4 million people across 10 cities. We also received around 70,000 calls on radio over telephone.

Read more about the project here.

Partners:
Echidna Giving, Qualcomm, and The Restoring Force (HSBC)