E-Learning for children of Ekalavya Schools | Milaap
E-Learning for children of Ekalavya Schools
3%
Raised
Rs.1,67,136
of Rs.58,44,600
38 supporters
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    Created by

    Arna Bairagi
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    This fundraiser will benefit

    underprivileged children

    from Bengaluru, Karnataka

80G tax benefits for INR donations

Story

We run schools for underprivileged children. Our vision is to “Create and nurture perpetual institutions delivering educational excellence and employability to the largest number of the poorest children at the lowest affordable cost”. We provide high-quality education and mid-day meals to 600 children living in urban slums with a household income of less than Rs. 10,000/- per month. Originally started in 2004, ten schools were on the verge of closing in November 2011, jeopardizing the education of 4500 poor students. In such a crisis, Kasturi Trust, led by Dr. G.K. Jayaram stepped in and took over the schools ensuring a safer and better future.  Our conscious strategy of taking over schools, running them, and finding ideal partners to take over some schools, made all these schools sustainable that continue to run with the same vision.

Our academic team fought against all odds during COVID to conduct physical classes for the students when the government permitted and online classes during the lockdown. Their persistent efforts led to excellent results in the board examinations. Experts agree that post-COVID, the future is for blended learning. We need more devices to strengthen our E-learning infrastructure to help our students at risk of losing precious education due to lack of access to devices and the internet. We request your support in doing so in our endeavor to provide quality education to underprivileged children.

How have we coped academically during COVID lockdown?
We lost one precious year (2019-20) to COVID, and schools are yet to reopen. Though we started online classes, the attendance is low since only 30% of our parents can afford a second-hand device and mobile internet. These devices also are available to the student only when the parents return from work!  Even if the government decides to reopen, people will be forced to accept the “New Normal” which will include a reduction in the number of working days. Schools will be forced to switch to a blended learning model that includes a combination of face-to-face teaching and E-learning.

Currently, we have the means that can help only 150 students out of the 600 students studying in Ekalavya Schools. We require 450 additional devices to provide E-learning to the students from I to VIII grades who will continue attending online classes. Their parents come from a background with very little means and are struggling to spend on mobile internet. This will be a recurring expense costing us Rs. 249/- per month for getting 2 GB of data per day with a one-time fixed cost of Rs. 99/- for installation.
We require Rs. 45,00,000/- for procuring the devices (One-time expense) and Rs. 13,44,600/- for bulk recharge of 450 SIM cards for one year (Recurring expense). The total amount required to initiate an E-learning project in Ekalavya Schools for 2021-22 is Rs. 58,44,600/-

We urge you to help these kids. Every donation you make will help these kids secure their bright future. No amount is small or big, but it makes a huge difference in these kid's life.


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