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Support For The New Form Of Education: Gadgetshala
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Rs.285
of Rs.15,000
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  • mitali

    Created by

    mitali potnis
  • OE

    This fundraiser will benefit

    Online Education

    from New Delhi, Delhi

Story

“Didi, I want to be a computer engineer. But I do not think I will be able to,” says 16-year-old Asha when asked the question as to what she wants to become when she grows up.  On asking the reason behind this, she adds, “As exciting as computer engineering is, I have no ways to learn all the technologies. Nor do I have any computer or internet at home to learn them. I cannot even finish my everyday homework or classwork due to lack of internet, let alone learn programming languages.”
This is the story of thousands of Ashas struggling to gain access to online education due to scarcity of capital due to poverty, the story of unfulfilled dreams. While it may seem like almost everyone has internet access, a vast number of families still lack fast or reliable internet connections, computers, and smartphones. This means millions of students are being left behind.
The COVID-19 pandemic and strict lockdown measures have further exacerbated this situation.
“We do not have any computers or smartphones. Our kids are compelled to borrow a smartphone from our neighbours for the duration of their online classes. Whenever the neighbours are out for work or the phone is not available, they have no other option but to skip the class.” says Madan.  In India, a country where the gaps in internet and access to education were already wide, and with the schools worldwide been driven to adopt the online mode of education, the poor families struggle to stay on the course.                            
With the need of the current times, we are working towards an initiative for increasing the number of children who have access to online education through online lectures and sessions. Through the means of “GADGETSHALA,” we intend to shift children's education to a mode of online learning, which will be accessible through devices like mobile phones or smartphones, tablets, and laptops. In addition to this, we also distribute textbooks, notebooks, and other essential stationaries, trying to ensure that no child is left out in gaining access to primary levels of education.
In the past, we have been working on a project called ‘DRISHTI.’ The Project Drishti, starting from a single room in the year 2014, was founded for the sole purpose of providing the most essential tool to strengthen the roots of children, ‘Education.’ After rigorous efforts of working day and night, our team brought this initiative into effect in the year 2016 with significant impact.  Working on the same track, our current initiative of “GADGETSHALA” aims to educate and make more children’s future bright.
IMPACT WE ARE PLANNING:
With an urgent need for action regarding access to online education for the poor students who cannot afford more loss to their academics, our goal is to make the facility of internet and virtual education available to every
child who is residing in slum areas or is being deprived of primary education.
 We have already enabled internet facilities in few areas. Our plan of action is to establish:
 1. Internet facilities
 2. Smart gadgets like mobile phones, laptops, and computers.
 3. A mobile van to make this “GADGETSHALA” accessible in several areas.
 4. Your valuable time to teach these children.
1 Laptop costs around Rs. 25,000, 1 Tablet costs around Rs. 10,000, and 1 Computer costs around Rs. 25000. While 1 Mobile Van costs around Rs. 5,00,000.
We aim to provide a complete library to these students equipped with gadgets.
I am requesting that you all take action and contribute to this initiative in whichever way possible. Primary education and knowledge of oneself and society is every child’s fundamental right. We hope to maintain and broaden the scope of this belief through this project.
“Little drops of water make the mighty ocean.” In the same way, even if we might not fully sponsor a student’s smartphone or laptop on our own, but if each of us contributes a small amount of Rs.1000 or even Rs.100, we can help these students achieve educational stability. With your support and help, these students will be able to attend classes regularly, achieve their dreams, and be prepared to take responsibility for a more educated India. By doing our part, we are not only helping a student to gain access to education, but we are also encouraging and contributing to our country’s bright future.

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