Enabling Marginalized Students with Digital Education By providing Free Digital Devices & Education Materials
Cause Introduction – National Context
India has an estimated 46 million children between 6-18 years of age who should be in school but are working as child beggars or servants. Most of them have never had the chance to attend school or drop out due to a financial crunch. Manychildren, especially girls, are forced to get married or sold off. Nearly 23 million girls drop out of school every year when they start menstruating in India, and as per the UNESCO report, 264 million slum children do not have access to education.
The situation has become worse due to the covid pandemic, which has shut down the schools and increased the big gap in school-based learning and education for students in marginalized sections of society.
As per WEF Report
We at Ladli Foundation believe in the quote by Dr. Frank Laubach “EACH ONE -TEACH ONE,” and we follow the path shown by Swami Vivekananda “IF THE POOR CANNOT COME TO EDUCATION, EDUCATION MUST GO TO HIM.” In view of the same, we have collaborated with The BYJU’s E learning App (Globally renowned and India’s leading E learning and Digital Education Provider) to provide free access for secondary education to one Lakh Marginalized Students through its Education for All Project.
Having the Special Consultative Status In United Nations ECOSOC, A Statement Submitted by the Ladli Foundation has been published in the “United Nations 2021 High-Level Political Forum on Covid Resilience and Recovery” stating that “Covid -19 Pandemic has been an instrument of change, unexpected transformations and awakening at an individual level. The idea of resilience and recovery from this pandemic is not something that can be supported with sheer thoughts and beliefs but has to do much more with the idea of real-time implementation and execution of initiatives which support holistic development through Technological Acceleration” hence we believe that Next-Gen technologies and digital learning can play a significant role in achieving all UNSDGs combined by 2030.
Education is the only way to have an equitable society. An excellent education equips children with the knowledge, skills, values, and mindsets required to be empowered individuals and responsible citizens for the country. Education plays a vital role in shaping the overall development of an individual and society. Schools are the best place where millions of children not only gain knowledge but also learn the basic fundamentals to live a quality life.
Lakhs of children do not go to schools despite having free access to government schools. Therefore, it is imperative to motivate those children and their parents by making them understand the importance of education.
This is an Action-Research project conceptualized to enable the access of Digital Education for marginalized students by providing them free refurbished Digital Devices with Loaded E-Learning Content, Material, and 3 Years Premium Subscription of BYJU’s APP. for completing their secondary education and preparation for the JEE/NEET entrance exam. Through the initiative, we will also target the most vulnerable groups (i.e., people residing in the slums of India and the families who have three or more than three (girls) children. As these families and girl children are the most vulnerable to social injustices, social evil practices, and discrimination, we will prioritize these families).
The concept has also added some organizations critical expertise and essential features for sensitizing the students on various sensitive issues such as Gender Sensitization, Menstrual Health & Hygiene, Wash, Sexual Abuse, Child Rights, Prevention from Drugs/Substance abuse, and Deadly Transferable Diseases / STD’s through in different community workshops, fun activities and reward-based competitions to develop an interest in completing their academic education and creating career opportunities in respective fields.
The project also focuses on motivating the parents of the students to support them in completing their education and not to involve them in child laborer work. Therefore, exclusive interactive sessions and performance incentives for parents are designed to provide a Safe Space to the student.
Plan of Action
Sustainability & Monitoring Mechanism
Efficiency Of The Project
With an estimated 1,027 million people, India is the world’s second most populated country. It has 17 percent of the global population and 20 percent of the world’s out-of-school children. Despite impressive gains in the last few decades, India still has more than 260 million people living in poverty.
Our project also focuses on families with three or more children (especially girl children), as it is important to pay greater attention to population dynamics for longer-range prevention. Vulnerability with which a society or group is threatened is differentiated by the population of that society, and the prejudices held against these vulnerable groups. The varying reproductive patterns among different social groups determine the relative size of their families and, to a certain extent, their levels of poverty, housing characteristics, crowding, access to services, infrastructure, and other elements. Equipping tablets to families with more children would help provide vast amounts of information and knowledge to a majority of youth with the help of fewer resources. One device will be providing maximum benefit; for example, one device/tablet in a family of four-five girl children will benefit and provide education to five girl children. This would also help the children as studying in a group makes learning much more fulfilling, enjoyable and playing interactive educational games together helps in engaging in the skills of the new digital world and reinforces learning habits and understanding.
Learning has been disrupted for more than 1.5 billion children and youth by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Most students around the world are out of school and using remote learning programs through the internet, TV, or radio, or a combination of these, if they are available. Inequity in access to the internet, data packages, and devices to support remote continuity of education for all learners has become evident, but the specific risks that this pandemic poses to Students belong to Economical Weaker Sections residing in Marginalized sections of the society.
Those who were marginalized before the pandemic are now even more at risk. Intersectionality with poverty, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, or other identities can result in multiple forms of discrimination and exclusion. That is why efforts in health, social protection, education, and other sectors must take everyone into account when tackling the pandemic to ensure continuity of safe and inclusive services to all. Acknowledging this and taking bold action now to bridge the growing inequality and the digital divide is critical for the future
School closures have led to the loss of routine and supervision. In addition, access to services like meals, the support provided by resource personnel, or assistive technologies are no longer there, and social, and child protection services have mostly closed. At the same time, domestic violence has been on the rise. In this situation, those who are most vulnerable will suffer the most. These challenges must be addressed to avoid an increase in stigma and marginalization of children, girls, and persons with disabilities- Ref. by Hanna Alsuutari, Sr. Education Specialist
The Contribution & Its Verification
Primarily we encourage you to contribute us through volunteering, rather than, Donating Money to us, But! If you are unable to join us in person, kindly support our cause to uplift the vulnerables.
We would like to invite you to experience the satisfaction of making someone smile. Someone who needs your help!
Your contribution will be utilized to directly benefit the targeted beneficiaries. We would be grateful to you for giving us this opportunity and we ensure to use your contribution transparently. We invite you to attend our field activities and see the impact your contribution is making.
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