'Bridges to the Future Initiative' completes two-year ICT for basic education effort with dramatic success

Date of publication: 
Tue, 2007-01-09

Initially launched by the Government of Andhra

Pradesh in 2004, the Bridges to the Future Initiative (BFI) is a landmark for

education in the State. Under this initiative, the International Literacy Institute (ILI), at

the University of Pennsylvania (USA), and in partnership with Byrraju Foundation, IIIT

and other agencies, an “extreme user-friendly” Telugu literacy instructional program

uses currently installed PCs in school settings to provide high quality literacy

instruction to out-of-school youth and primary school students. Results of a two-year

long impact study show dramatic results in putting drop-out youth back into school,

and raising learning achievement of in-school children aged 8-10 years in poor rural