“I hope to become a civil engineer one day and build a big home for my family,” says Harshita* Kumari, a grade 6 student from the Zilla Parishad Primary School, Waghmare Vasti, Haveli, Pune.
Harshita and her family are residents of a slum in Waghmare Vasti. They live in a small house and come from a difficult financial background. When the pandemic struck in 2020, both Harshita and her brother, Varun, struggled to get an education as their school was closed during the lockdown. Just like the millions of children in India, they too lost their safe spaces in schools.
Unlike in many families, who consider child labour when the times get tough, the primary concern of Harshita’s parents was their children’s education. They were quite worried that they would lose an entire school year due to the pandemic.
Much to their luck, the children’s school resumed classes virtually. Both Harshita and Varun would attend the online classes every day. Unfortunately, a day’s classes would be compressed into a 30-minute to 1-hour session. Moreover, it took these children some time to get used to this new method of learning.
While they familiarised themselves with the online mode of education, the NGO Save The Children gave Harshita a learning licence from BYJU’S. The BYJU’S Think & Learn premium content helped the two children with better conceptual clarity on the various subjects like Maths and Science.
“The topics that were difficult to understand became easier through the app’s tutorials. I continuously watched the videos to understand the concept until there is proper clarity,” says Harshita.
Through the BYJU’s content, the difficult concepts of science and mathematics became easy for our children, shares Harshita’s overjoyed parents.
“The children are studying on the smartphone, learning new things every day. The BYJU’s learning content has removed a huge burden in terms of their studies,” they add.
Jyoti Gandhi, Deputy Director of Individual Giving, Save the Children India, says, “Through this partnership with BYJU’S, we are attempting to rewrite the future for children by ensuring that they are not deprived of learning continuity. The BYJU’S Education for All initiative resonates with our commitment to inclusive education for all and together we aim to reduce this urban-rural divide as much as we can.”
Like Harshita and Varun, BYJU’S Education for All hopes that many more children will be able to benefit from the BYJU’S learning content. We truly hope that our endeavour will make digital education accessible to children.
*Name changed for the protection of identity
BYJU’S Education for All is reaching out to underprivileged children across India. Through the BYJU’S Give programme, you can contribute to this mission and help children with quality digital learning. You can donate an old device, which we will refurbish, and then use the money raised to buy a new device. In case you do not have a device, you can also donate to an NGO partner, who will use the money to buy devices for children.
In both cases, we will load our BYJU’S Think & Learn premium content onto these devices and distribute them to children in need.
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