The Education Ministry of Maharashtra and ConnectEd Technologies, an emerging education-technology start-up, announced a rural education project which will make world-class education accessible to over 27,000 school-going children in the Palghar district of Maharashtra.
The project, which is supported by the Education Ministry of Maharashtra and funded by Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DHFL) and JSW Steel, will observe ConnectEd Technologies deploying more than 100 of its ‘Smart Classroom’ systems across 24 Government and Government-aided schools. These systems pair high-definition projectors with captivating multimedia educational content, which is tailor-made to improve understanding and academic performance amongst rural children. Despite being advanced, ConnectEd’s ‘Smart Classroom’ systems are robust, easy-to-use, and accompanied by an internal battery, as well as an external solar-battery, making the solution well-suited for implementation in rural areas.
Vinod Tawde, Hon’ble Education Minister of Maharashtra, said, "Education is one of the key focus areas of this programme, and I am proud to announce this innovative rural education project which will benefit thousands of children in the Palghar district of Maharashtra. The fact that this project is being spearheaded by a dynamic young team with the support of socially-responsible corporates is extremely heartening, and we hope to see more such collaborations in the future."
Lehar Tawde, Co-Founder, ConnectEd Technologies, added, "A lot has been done to increase student enrolment in rural areas and these efforts have been successful. However, this has increased the burden on teachers and infrastructure. We at ConnectEd believe that private players like us can play a big role in aiding the Government to ease this burden on the schooling system. We soon plan to take this solution to other areas of the state and the country as well, enabling underprivileged youth all across to contribute to the India growth story."
Kapil Wadhawan, CMD, DHFL, said, "DHFL has been stead-fast in its corporate commitment to enable common people to fulfil their aspiration to better living by giving access to affordable housing finance. Education is key to better living, which is why we have adopted it as a major objective under CSR. It is aligned to the Founder’s vision of enabling home ownership to every Indian; a commitment that has been our mission for over 30 years. On the occasion of Children’s Day it gives me immense pleasure to announce our support towards this innovative rural education project by ConnectEd Technologies, which will enlighten the minds of thousands of children in the Palghar district of Maharashtra."
A S Dahiya, Unit Head – Tarapur, JSW Steel, said, "Access to quality education is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. At JSW Steel, we have always believed in inclusive growth and it has been our constant effort to make quality education accessible for underprivileged audiences, as they are the future of the ecosystem in which we exist. It gives me immense pleasure to announce our support towards this innovative rural education project by ConnectEd Technologies, which will benefit thousands of children in the Palghar district of Maharashtra."