National: To educate and empower children from lower socio-economic backgrounds with quality education and digital learning opportunities, BYJU’S Education For All (EFA) has partnered with SOS Children’s Villages India, a globally recognised non-governmental organization, which supports children all over the world through several customised care interventions. Covering over 28 urban and rural locations across the country, over 3500 licences have already been distributed to students across Chennai, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhuj, Faridabad, Alibaug, Raipur and Kolkata among many others.
Children coming from families without parental care encounter several challenges including little to no access to quality education, essential for a stable future. With this partnership, BYJU’S EFA and SOS Children’s Villages India aim to implement several digital interventions and address accessibility challenges by providing free learning programmes to students between classes 4-12 from several private and government schools across India. These students will have access to exclusive content on BYJU’S learning app that is personalised and digitally enabled to suit every child’s learning requirement. The MoU between BYJU’S and SOS Children’s Villages India is an effort towards achieving EFA’s vision of empowering 12 million underserved children across India by 2025.
Speaking about the collaboration, Mansi Kasliwal, VP-Social Initiatives, BYJU’S, said, “Most children are deprived of their first line of protection – their family. However, deprivation of parental care should not be a reason for the lack of equal learning opportunities for them. To bridge the gap between quality education and digital access, our constant endeavour at BYJU’S has been to address accessibility challenges and provide tech-enabled learning programmes to children through the intervention of transformative digital education. We are glad to collaborate with SOS Children’s Villages India in this regard, which rightfully ensures children, especially the ones without parents or at the risk of losing them are never deprived of their basic rights.”
“At SOS Children’s Villages India we do not provide child care, but secure wholesome child development, of which an extremely crucial component is education. The pandemic resulted in the breakage of the continuum of education, especially for those who are underserved, compelling us all to re-think the ways where teaching and learning can be effectively facilitated. The collaboration with BYJU’S has been one such step and has supported the delivery of uninterrupted quality education to a large extent. We hope to take this association forward to the next level for the benefit of the greater good,” said Sumanta Kar, Secretary General, SOS Children’s Villages India, on the association with BYJU’S.
Launched in 2020, BYJU’S Education for All is a social impact initiative that aims at democratising education and ensuring that every child has an opportunity to learn. This initiative is committed to empowering children in the most remote geographies and underserved communities through digital learning. With a mission to empower 12 million underprivileged children by 2025 and bring a positive systemic change to the education ecosystem, BYJU’S Education for All has already impacted five million children through 140+ NGOs across 26 States.