08 Jul How to reach open distance learning to unreached rural and tribal communities
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How to reach open distance learning to unreached rural and tribal communities through DRM digital broadcast?
Dr. Thamminana Krushna Rao
This is indeed a challenge in India and other parts of the world. DRM delivers relevant content, even internet content without IP or even electricity. As DRM can broadcast up to 3 audio channels and one data channel on the usual analogue frequency, the challenge and possibility is to broadcast on the main channel or on of one the other available channels educational audio. By using the content-server, the extra bit in digital transmission and programming not only audio but also text, the normal DRM digital receiver will broadcast the audio and hopefully on its screen students or teachers will be able to see relevant numbers, maps and diagrams. If the digital receivers are to start with too expensive for these communities, the receivers could be distributed with either government or charitable support to teachers or key people to use. Internet content without IP or even electricity – this is the advantage.
This very subject will be dealt with in our next Education through DRM in Africa, scheduled for July 9th.