Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) announced the launch of its Smart Class Program, a CSR initiative to drive the overall educational development of underprivileged children in 16 Government schools – 10 in Indore and 6 in Chennai. HGS has associated with YUVA Unstoppable, one of India’s leading NGOs, for the program, which is expected to benefit 1,200 children by leveraging a technology integrated learning model.
Speaking about the program, Partha DeSarkar, Global CEO – HGS said, “HGS believes in creating a meaningful impact on society through our corporate social responsibility program. With the increasing presence of technology in our lives, a technology integration model in government schools can make learning fun while also developing a feeling of aspirational inclusion for the underserved community.”
Children aged below 14 comprise 28 per cent of India’s population and are always curious to learn. However, owing to lack of proper physical and technological infrastructure in government schools coupled with a shortage of teachers, most of the students drop out immediately after completing their primary education. HGS’ Smart Class Program is expected to play a crucial role in transforming and improving the overall student learning outcomes and teacher effectiveness in the 16 schools adopted by the Company. The program aims to ensure that children in the secondary standards take part, continue and complete their secondary school education.
As part of the technology-led educational program, the traditional role-based model of education will be replaced with interactive, fun, innovative and easily comprehensible teaching methods. The program uses K-Yan technology that incorporates the features of computer-based learning into a high-resolution, high-luminosity portable projector along with various built-in features, including internet connectivity and showing multimedia content to the students. The program will not be a replacement to the existing teachers but will act as an additional aid to them, as well as train them to teach in a more effective manner.
Mr Amitabh Shah, Founder of Yuva Unstoppable (NGO) said, “Digitization is a way of life today. Around 40% of our rural areas are now connected digitally, yet 60% is still unexplored. We started this program as this is tied with India’s developmental agenda of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Digital India to ensure wider reach and impact among the less-privileged children. In this Digital era, it is pivotal for every child to be well versed with the latest technology.”