New Delhi, Mar 11 : Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF), founded by Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, and HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, have come together to enable online education for the underprivileged children in India.
As part of this initiative, over 1,740 new Nokia smartphones worth over Rs 1.65 crore would be distributed to children across rural areas and urban slums, survivors of child exploitation, as well as the first-generation learners of the Banjara community.
The phones have been donated to children who are beneficiaries of two flagship social interventions of KSCF:
Bal Mitra Gram (BMG) and Bal Mitra Mandal (BMM).
In addition, the phones will also be distributed to the residents of Bal Ashram, a long-term shelter home near Jaipur for child survivors of exploitation, run by Bal Ashram Trust (Trust), a sister organisation of KSCF. Also, the phones will be given to first-generation learners of a Banjara community that lives near the Bal Ashram.
Children of this community are presently receiving non-formal education in the 11 Banjara Educational Centres run by the Trust.
The donation across these programmes will benefit over 6,000 children belonging to marginalized families across Delhi, Karnataka, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand, whose education was disrupted due to the closure of schools on account of the pandemic.