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Empower under-privileged students access virtual classrooms

The students of Class X of Loyola High School, Nagaon, Assam are at a critical juncture in their educational journey. They will soon be taking their first State Board examination, namely the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 lockdown has occurred just at this critical moment, putting their study and preparations at high risk. The school has rapidly migrated to virtual classrooms in order to provide uninterruptedly virtual classes. However, the success of this endeavour requires that all the Class X students have access to laptops or smart phones with internet access. Being a small city, the cable/wired internet infrastructure is very weak in Nagaon. Where available, it is expensive. Consequently, the students depend on mobile phone internet access. Unfortunately, 32 of the 54 students in the class cannot afford to have their own mobile phones. Therefore, they borrow their parents´ phones. A serious downside of this strategy is that when the parents are away attending to work or other obligations, those students are not able to attend the virtual classes. Even when such a borrowed phone is available, their participation is disturbed by incoming calls and messages from relatives and colleagues of their parents.

The above situation has made it very difficult for the under privileged 32 students to complete their class requirements and keep up with their studies at this critical juncture. Moreover, the situation has created an undesirable and discriminatory digital divide between the privileged and under privileged student, irrespective of their educational merit.

In light of the above, the proposal is to provide smart phones of minimum specifications to the above-referred 32 students as soon as possible before it is too late for them to prepare adequately for the upcoming HSLC examination.
One of the parent consent forms
One of the parent consent forms
Invoice_15 phones agreed at lower price
Invoice_15 phones agreed at lower price
Invoice 5th phone
Invoice 5th phone
Invoice 4th phone
Invoice 4th phone
Invoice for 3rd phone
Invoice for 3rd phone
Invoice for first two phones
Invoice for first two phones
First smartphone handing over.
First smartphone handing over.
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14th September 2020
Dear Donors,

The second phase of our project has started with the distribution of phones to under privileged students, using the funds collected over our target. As informed earlier, this time we are also giving phones to students from other schools in the city. The process has been slow since it is taking more time for the Principal of Loyola High School to identify the right students from other schools.

Take care.
Dear Donors,

The second phase of our project has started with the distribution of phones to under privileged students, using the funds collected over our target. As informed earlier, this time we are also giving phones to students from other schools in the city. The process has been slow since it is taking more time for the Principal of Loyola High School to identify the right students from other schools.

Take care.
9th September 2020
Dear generous donors,

Today we have submitted a request for withdrawal of the balance amount of Rs. 50, 557 still in the virtual account created by Milaap. As mentioned in our earlier update, a small team discussed how to make good use of the amount collected in excess of our target. The team concluded as follows:

1) Continue the good work of providing access to virtual classes for Class X students. Since all the under privileged students of Class X of Loyola School have already received smart phones, the team suggested that Loyola School extend a helping hand to similar students of other schools in the city. In addition to enabling access to virtual classes during Covid-19, such a gesture will also promote the value helping each other in times of need. We all know the importance value education  for children, an issue that has been highlighted in the New Education Policy 2020 of India.

2) The smart phones idea was primarily to address the issue of access to education during the Covid crisis. However, the team felt that digital education should be promoted even after the children return to the school campus. That would also be aligned with the New Education Policy 2020 of India. Hence, the team recommended installation of an educational smart panel in Loyola school. The funds available from the crowdfund will not be sufficient for this action. However, a donor has come forward to support this expense.

We wish you health and happiness in these difficult times.
Dear generous donors,

Today we have submitted a request for withdrawal of the balance amount of Rs. 50, 557 still in the virtual account created by Milaap. As mentioned in our earlier update, a small team discussed how to make good use of the amount collected in excess of our target. The team concluded as follows:

1) Continue the good work of providing access to virtual classes for Class X students. Since all the under privileged students of Class X of Loyola School have already received smart phones, the team suggested that Loyola School extend a helping hand to similar students of other schools in the city. In addition to enabling access to virtual classes during Covid-19, such a gesture will also promote the value helping each other in times of need. We all know the importance value education  for children, an issue that has been highlighted in the New Education Policy 2020 of India.

2) The smart phones idea was primarily to address the issue of access to education during the Covid crisis. However, the team felt that digital education should be promoted even after the children return to the school campus. That would also be aligned with the New Education Policy 2020 of India. Hence, the team recommended installation of an educational smart panel in Loyola school. The funds available from the crowdfund will not be sufficient for this action. However, a donor has come forward to support this expense.

We wish you health and happiness in these difficult times.
4th September 2020
Due to difference in exchange rates used by us and the bank, we received Rs. 2,571 less than the actual expenditure. Hence, we are requesting a further withdrawal of that amount.

Due to your kindness, we exceeded our target collection. That has left us with a balance of about Rs. 49, 500 after deduction of taxes and gratuity to Milaap for their services. We formed a culturally diverse team of six, consisting of equal number of men and women to brainstorm ideas on how make use of the balance left that would respect your kindness and the intent of the original crowdfunding effort. Excellent ideas were proposed during the first meeting of the team. As per suggestions of several members of the team, the school decided to continue the narrative of promoting digital education that includes both short-term and long-term wins. This is also well aligned with the new education policy 2020 of India. We will, of course,  keep you updated.
Due to difference in exchange rates used by us and the bank, we received Rs. 2,571 less than the actual expenditure. Hence, we are requesting a further withdrawal of that amount.

Due to your kindness, we exceeded our target collection. That has left us with a balance of about Rs. 49, 500 after deduction of taxes and gratuity to Milaap for their services. We formed a culturally diverse team of six, consisting of equal number of men and women to brainstorm ideas on how make use of the balance left that would respect your kindness and the intent of the original crowdfunding effort. Excellent ideas were proposed during the first meeting of the team. As per suggestions of several members of the team, the school decided to continue the narrative of promoting digital education that includes both short-term and long-term wins. This is also well aligned with the new education policy 2020 of India. We will, of course,  keep you updated.
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