The global pandemic has been disruptive especially for school-going kids, and teachers have moved to online platforms to ensure continuity of education. However, due to the lack of resources, especially for Government students, attending virtual classes and meeting school deadlines are nearly impossible and the children get distracted. There are possibilities that such children may be forced into labor or marriage.
The high court has directed the government to tap Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds to distribute laptops, tablets and computers to government schools under the Vidyagama program. The gracious effort has supported many children with the city however, there are still stones left unturned.
In support of the local school and the economic weaker section, especially children who attend Gnana Bhaskara Public School in Kothanur, Bengaluru whose parents live off of a mere Rs. 10,000/MONTH or shocking 140 USD/MONTH are in dire need of computers and access to the internet.
Primarily, we are looking for budget-friendly products to provide education to the underprivileged. Happy to announce our recent partnership with Bengaluru-based Pitronix Ventures started by a woman entreprenuer whose product eZeePC Lite has been made with the sole purpose of making computers accessible to all school and college-going students who are currently struggling with online studying. They are a UDYAM MSME registered enterprise, under Govt Of India, in July 2020, and eZeePC works on the Linux OS, 1.5Ghz speed quad-core processor technology.
PRICE PER UNIT:
eZeePC Lite (2GB/32GB SD) Rs. 15657/- per unit inclusive of
14' monitor, standard KB mouse & webcam.
At this price point, we can help 64 students versus the earlier 20 as we thought earlier.
It is of use to all age groups, though we are primarily looking at 6-10-year-old & older children who can look beyond surfing and an immediate short-term "online studying" solution, as they will benefit from getting a device that helps in digital education and savviness.
This partnership will make a bigger difference for the children's future, and we would like to be present, wherever schooling is getting compromised.
What can you do?
We sincerely hope that we can come together to raise funds for one of the key challenges faced by teachers - limited resources. Any little bit helps and together we can give these children the education they deserve.