VIDYA makes such stories happen! However, the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a standstill. Nearly 1.5 billion children and other students were affected by nationwide school closures all over the world which resulted in a drastic shift to online learning. In India, all of ~320Mn school students were impacted by this disruption in learning. While online learning has opened doors to continued learning and innovation in teaching for many, students from lower socio-economic strata, like the ones associated with VIDYA, are losing out on the opportunity to learn and grow. According to a 2020 NCERT survey, 27% of students did not have either laptops or smartphones to even access online classes. In a country like India, this percentage represents ~85Mn of students.
As a voluntary group, Global Shapers New Delhi Hub is focused on bridging this digital divide. Our goal is to improve access to online education for underprivileged children through our partnership with VIDYA Integrated Development for Youth and Adults and Budli.in.
The funds raised will be utilized towards purchase of refurbished smartphones/tablets, facilitated by Budli.in, to 50 households that we have identified through VIDYA Integrated Development For Youth and Adults.
Every contribution will go a long way! You can choose to donate any amount, big or small.
INR 4000 will support 1 household with a smart device; INR 20,000 will support 5 households
We are accepting foreign contributions as well under FCRA certification.
The Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, is a network of young people driving dialogue, action and change globally through their local hub projects and initiatives. The New Delhi Hub’s Online Learning Project is focused on supporting online learning initiatives in the Indian Education sector to bridge the digital divide amongst the disadvantaged communities and empower all stakeholders.
Budli (meaning 'change' in Hindi) offers recommerce of gadgets in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Budli.in, through their "Device to Dream" initiative is working with institutes, organisations and NGO's to enable students from economically weaker sections to continue their education. They have collection facilities across 25,000 pin codes in India.
VIDYA Integrated Development For Youth and Adults (website)
VIDYA is a 34-year old NGO based in India, with 78 projects spread across 5 cities in India, they work with the most vulnerable members of underprivileged communities: the children, youth and women. The NGO creates peerless programs with an approach of holistic, practical education and vocational training.