( July 27, 2020 )
Challenges to education have been exacerbated by restrictions due to COVID-19, especially for those from poorer backgrounds or in remote areas. It has further become a challenge for the government, caregivers, teachers and parents to ensure in providing quality education in the pandemic. Thus, the need for physical distancing has suddenly led to most schools resorting to online teaching. Though, the country was unprepared. And now, several NGOs are taking care of vulnerable children who are unable to meet their educational needs and going through a break. These NGOs are helping them through every possible resource.
Here’s looking at some NGOs in India that are helping vulnerable children with their education:
Miracle Foundation India
Miracle Foundation India, along with CCI teams, has continued to educate kids at child care institutes. Through Miracle’s support, all the CCIs have set up computer labs with internet connection and electricity back-up. Now, they are in the process of providing tablets and smartphones to children who have gone back to their families. These are still students who do not have access to any technology. So, the Foundation is ensuring connectivity and providing support for the internet data for these children. They are educating kids with the existing staff of CCI and remote learning to cover their syllabus with the least impact.
Magic Bus foundation equips children and young people in the age group of 12 to 18, with the skills and knowledge they need, to grow up and move out of poverty. This takes them from a childhood full of challenges to a life with meaningful livelihoods. The foundation has also partnered with Classplus. It is a mobile OS for online education to poor kids enrolled on the Magic Bus Livelihood programme. Through the partnership, they will help over 2,000 youngsters across 22 states.
This Bangalore-based NGO focuses on imparting education to students of Rural government schools in India. They further crowdsource volunteer teachers and connect them to the rural government schools using the power of IT. During the pandemic, the foundation is focusing on providing education through remote learning with the access of internet and electronics.
NGO Smile Foundation provides education to thousands of children from Class I to Class XII running across 23 states. The foundation also finds that about 56 per cent of Indian children lack smartphones. In this scenario amidst Covid-19, they are providing possible solutions to access education.