GAIUS has partnered with the Spoken Tutorial team at IIT Mumbai who are currently working
on several rural empowerment projects funded by the Government of India, Ministry of Human
Resource Development. Spoken Tutorial which began in 2009, has been promoting IT literacy
for education and employment for Youth as well as promoting health career education focused
on pregnancy, maternal health care and recently on COVID -19.
Spoken Tutorials have a better mode to reach wider communities in rural areas
Spoken Tutorial has been empowering communities and is reaching out to wider communities
in rural areas and empower FLWs such as ASHAs as well as communities to access vital health
information and training materials in their own languages.
Spoken Tutorial is utilizing the GAIUS platform to push pregnancy, maternal health as well
COVID-19 related information including basic hygiene content in 22 Indian languages. The
success of this project across both phases can impact FLWs across all Indian states overcoming
the two challenges faced by the FLWs i.e. availability of local language content on healthcare
and accessibility of Information for front line training. The videos being self-learning material
can help FLWs in answering queries regarding health care in the rural villages. Our platform is
functioning as an information hub facilitating remote training of the FLWs which is necessary
during a pandemic as COVID-19. The platform is also having an impact in community health
awareness and mobilization through access to the information enabled through this project.
The information hub canal can impact community surveillance, regular monitoring and follow-
ups within the community. GAIUS has proven its potential to impact access to information,
social and health services and capacity development.
GAIUS as an educational platform
GAIUS has enabled a wider option for Spoken Tutorial to create and publish targeted self-
learning educational content for rural youth that will help them identify, get trained and
develop key skills. Spoken Tutorial has started publishing all their existing content (in 22 Indian
languages) on the GAIUS platform as well as adopted it as their core educational platform for
engaging with rural communities across India.
Future of the platform as remote connectivity enabler
Considering Spoken Tutorial is funded by the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource
Development (HRD), the project also helps GAIUS directly engage with the HRD Ministry on
similar initiatives across India. We hence believe this project can be a direct enabler for GAIUS
to scale across India and have significant impact across rural India leading to capacity
development, employment, creation of new local businesses and hence having direct impact on
incomes and poverty reduction. Our platform will embed impact monitoring by understanding
user take up via content views, shares that would be mapped by regular ethnographic
studies/surveys to derive impact indicators that would classify how our platform has impacted
diverse sets of user segments(women, old, disabilities, etc). To enable users without mobile
phones and Internet access, community champions are to be recruited and left out users would
be encouraged to participate via them.