A Japanese delegation gifted 200 electronic tablets to students of six zilla parishad primary schools in Shirur taluka. Over the weekend, the seven-member delegation visited schools along with city-based representatives of the NGO Ashta No Kai (ANK), which works to promote the empowerment of rural women and the education of the girl child.
The e-tabs are loaded with the complete state school curriculum and are designed in a manner that enables children to participate in the ongoing e-revolution, in tandem with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s desire to connect the remotest regions of the country through information technology. Under the $54,000 Rotary International Global Grant, a few schools also received projectors and computers.
The delegation, comprising Japanese members of the Rotary Club of Nagoya East, was led by its president, Mitsuru Honda. Since the past five years, the Rotarians have been supporting various educational projects conceived by ANK.
While addressing the school students, Honda described the donations as a small way for his countrymen to show their gratitude to the many nations that had helped Japan rebuild itself after suffering total destruction in World War II.
"We are very pleased to have a chance to help you," Honda said, adding that he hoped the tablets would make it easier for children to acquire knowledge of technology effectively and enable them to support India’s growth. The visitors were also impressed by the oratory skills of students, who gave speeches in English to express their gratitude.
The Rotary Club of Kalyaninagar was the local partner of the global grant. The club donated $5,000 as its contribution towards the project. Sejal Mehta, president of the club, attended the programme, along with Armene Modi, founder chairperson of ANK, among others.