Udhyam Learning Foundation & Teach For India launch Call-a-Kahaani
Udhyam Learning Foundation recently announced the launch of Call-a-Kahani in collaboration with Teach For India, Hyderabad, with government school students of Grades 6 to 10. The programme is aimed towards encouraging learners to build 21st century skills through an interactive IVRS based platform where they can just call to listen to real-world inspiring stories.
A part of Udhyam Learning Foundation’s Quality and Scale Lab, Call-a-Kahaani was envisioned at the onset of the pandemic which has adversely affected the learning needs of children and raised a concern about life skills education, especially for learners belonging to areas with low digital infrastructure access. The platform has been built upon an Interactive Voice Response platform and can be accessed without the need for the internet, simply by dialing 08061933185. This interactive story-playground comes with a rich storehouse of heartfelt journeys of people from all walks of life who have risen from difficult backgrounds. Post a captivating 4 min audio story, the learners are presented with a set of reflective, choice based scenarios which unfold into parallel stories based on the decisions and choices made by the learners, designed to nudge behavioral change.
The Call-a-Kahaani platform comes up with one new story every week in Hindi and English, while the old stories are threaded to the story library for easy access. Stories of craftsmen like Mansukh Bhai and his innovative approach to making a fridge from clay, or the entrepreneurial journey of Chayaben and her papad business are a major crowd puller. The stories deal with different variants of themes relevant to the learners like careers in arts and sports, waste management, health and hygiene, culture and community building and so on.
The response to the previous pilots of Call-a-Kahaani has been highly successful with over 7200+ calls, 20800+ minutes of total call time from 15+ states across India.