STL, an industry-leading integrator of digital networks, has launched the Digital Equalizer and Improved Learning (DEIL) programme in association with the American India Foundation (AIF). Under the partnership, both organisations will create an impactful life for millions through a unique model that can continue despite social and ecological disruptions. Through this programme, STL will create access to quality education for over 300,000 beneficiaries across 300 schools in the rural areas of Silvassa, Aurangabad, and Nandurbar. The programme is in line with SDG 4 standards and commits to quality education and capacity building for teachers and community enablers over the next three years.
During the pandemic, children from underprivileged communities were devoid of even basic education as they did not have access to digital platforms. The project aims at democratising education by ensuring that each child gets equal access to quality learning opportunities. AIF focuses on improving the lives of India’s underprivileged, with a special focus on women, children, and youth while STL continues to transform billions of lives through digital networks, giving access to quality education to underserved communities is at the core of its social initiatives. Keeping this in view, STL partnered with AIF to launch the Digital Equalizer and Improved Learning programme by leveraging BYJU’s school learning app.
Highlighting the initiative, Mansi Kasliwal, VP-Social Initiatives, BYJU’S said, “We are committed to leverage technology to bring about positive systemic changes in making quality education accessible. With our ‘Education for All’ initiative, we are empowering children from the remotest areas in the country with good quality education for free.”
Speaking on this partnership, Mathew Joseph, Country Director, American India Foundation said, “The last two years have exposed the wide chasm between the connected and the unconnected, revealing hordes that are far behind on the digital uptake. Millions of students from underserved communities do not have the access to high-quality education, or the right resources, curriculum, and guidance to continue and scale their learning. AIF’s partnership with STL and BYJU’S aims to address such inequalities in digital readiness ensuring that we do not leave those who are less digitally equipped even further behind in a post-pandemic world.”
Underlining the initiative, Akanksha Sharma, Global ESG Head, ESG-CSR and Sustainability, STL said, “Through this programme, we are bridging the digital divide by providing quality digital content in vernacular mediums led by community participation. This unique model will guarantee last-mile access to education and new-age learning techniques in remote rural areas across Aurangabad, Silvassa, and Nandurbar.”
“We are confident that with this programme a 2X improvement in learning outcomes of students and teachers’ instruction delivery will be visible over the next few years. This particular initiative in the aspirational districts flagged by Niti Ayog is a significant endeavour to accelerate India’s progress on SDG 4,” she added.
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