Schools around the country have closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The structure of schooling and learning, including teaching and assessment, was the first to be affected by these closures. According to UNESCO, over 1.5 billion learners in 165 countries have been affected due to COVID-19 school closures.
The major challenge of remote learning is disparity in access – from electricity and internet connections to devices like computers or smartphones. Among the poorest households, only 2.7% have access to a computer and 8.9% to internet facilities.
COVID-19 has exposed how rooted structural imbalances are between the rural and urban, even in the digital world. With the existing digital divide, expanding online education will push the digital have-nots to the periphery of the education system, thereby increasing inequality in educational outcomes.
Bhumi is associated with 139 shelter homes, 24 schools and 20 community centres, where children residing here are facing the brunt of this lockdown more than any of us. To tackle the crisis and resume education for children, Bhumi is evolving its ways to switch to digitization, where the learning process is carried out through online methods with the use of the internet.
You can support our children by helping us sustain their learning needs and switching to digital learning until the COVID crisis passes. Your support will help us ensure we provide access and that no child is deprived of education.
If you have an unused device ( laptop, tablet, smartphone or a desktop) in usable condition, you can choose to donate that and support online education for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. You can also support their online education by contributing monetarily.
Specifications: (not compulsory, but beneficial to cover various subjects)
Requirement Locations: We need systems across these locations immediately – Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Tiruchirapalli.