Space4SDG4: Quality Education

Published by- Joy Agrawal on 29/05/2021

As rightly said by Malcolm X “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare today”, but all children in the world don’t have access to education, they don’t have the resources to get this passport for the future. Village folks don’t have the best schools or resources. Hence the solution is tele-education. In less accessible villages and areas in developing countries, internet is also poorly available, hence satellite internet comes into play in this situation. These children shall get education from the best city schools live via satellite internet. Such an initiative has been taken by ISRO that is EDUSAT. India's first educational purpose satellite specifically to connect metropolitan cities with the villages through porivision of Audio/Visual connection.

Satellite imagery in many ways can aid to classroom teaching in terms of geography or for children interested in geology for volcanic studies through image analysis.

Space technology and imagery can be used by children all over to learn about geography and carry out their own projects. One of the most important applications can be, while studying astronomy and learning about different features of our solar systems or the different types of celestial bodies like nebulae, black holes, galaxies and quasars. The astrophotos which were taken through the highly sophisticated telescopes like the Hubble telescope and the upcoming James Webb telescope. The images and different features can be easily explained via these images.

This wonderful and famous picture was taken by Hubble and is known as the Pillars of Creation. This is a nebulae, where stars are created from these hydrogen clouds. This inspires people to learn more. Also such images can enthuse someone into the concept thus promoting quality education.

Indian Space Research Organization has initiated multiple programs to get education to every nook and every corner of India. Through the Satellite Instruction Television Experiment helped retrain over 50000 teachers from India for these villages. Edusat is an initiative of ISRO to provide audio/visual education from privileged schools to those in the villages. Edusat enabled the VICTERS or Versatile ICT Enabled Resource for Students. Many such initiatives are contributing to the aim of getting quality education to all in India. As such limited contrbution of satellit technology to this particular SDG.