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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

What if the burden of your kid’s school bag is reduced to mere grams from the bunch of many kilos? What if you are no longer worried about your child not understanding the complex concepts at the school? Well, hold your breath because your reveries are soon going to meet a dead end. The introduction of tablets in school learning has refurbished the scenario. Now tablets will be replacing books in educational institutes.

Though the new found technology is limited to only 1.5 million schools in India but the trend is slowly picking up pace in varied parts of the country. The exclusively designed tablets are helping students in getting familiar with the digital mode of learning. These tablets have inbuilt access to notebooks and learning material for different classes. Features like audio-visual presentations, preloaded dictionary are giving a hand on experience to students to make learning ‘paperless.

The Muslim Educational Society (MES) International School in North Kerela is one such example of digital-education. The students of the aforesaid school are being taught with the help of tablet. Owing to the nominal rates of the tablets, even parents are being saved from the perils of a costly education system. Eductech Company Extramarks has equipped MES and five other schools in this area. The tablets are available in both English and Hindi. Besides, it has also turned out to be a boon for the teachers at the schools.

The students at MES too seemed satisfied with the hand on experience with the tablet. It has made the process of learning easier with the visual representations of complex concepts.

The industry of digital classrooms worth $1 bn is constantly growing with 12.5% of Indian schools being on the verge of digitalisation. Companies are also planning to digitalise government schools and aanganwadis in order to help the underprivileged.

But the new age schism is being equally criticised on the grounds that it might adversely affect the health of the children using it.

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Child Rights Summit: Nations Should Spend More on Education Over Weapons

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Displaced Syrian children look out from their tents at Kelbit refugee camp, near the Syrian-Turkish border, in Idlib province, Syria, Jan. 17, 2018. VOA

Countries should spend more on schooling and less on weapons to ensure that children affected by war get an education, a child rights summit heard Monday.

The gathering in Jordan was told that a common thread of war was its devastating impact in keeping children out of school.

Indian Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi, who founded the summit, said ensuring all children around the world received a primary and secondary education would cost another $40 billion annually — about a week’s worth of global military expenditure.

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Nobel Peace Prize laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai listen to speeches during the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo, Dec. 10, 2014. VOA

“We have to choose whether we have to produce guns and bullets, or we have to produce books and pencils to our children,” he told the second Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit that gathers world leaders and Nobel laureates.

Global military expenditure reached almost $1.7 trillion in 2016, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said last year 27 million children were out of school in conflict zones.

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“We want safe schools, we want safe homes, we want safe countries, we want a safe world,” said Satyarthi, who shared the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai for his work with children.

Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al-Hussein told the summit, which focused on child refugees and migrants affected by war and natural disasters, that education was “key,” especially for “children on the move.”

“Education can be expensive, but never remotely as close to what is being spent on weapons. … They [children] are today’s hope for a better future,” he told the two-day summit.

Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a nonprofit group, described the number of Syrian refugees not in school in the Middle East as “shocking” as the war enters its eighth year.

Kennedy cited a report being released Tuesday by the KidsRights Foundation, an international children’s rights group, which found 40 percent of school-aged Syrian children living in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq cannot access education. VOA

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