Mumbai: ONGC Mumbai CSR along with Thinksharp Foundation, a non-profit organisation that has been working since 2013 to bridge the rural-urban education divide by providing modern educational facilities to the students, has set up smart interactive boards in 14 schools in Mumbai and Palghar coastal areas. The majority of students learning in these schools are from fishermen’s communities that are solely dependent on Govt. schools for education. Smart Interactive Boards are a new beginning for them after schools reopened post the pandemic.
Schooling provides essential learning, but when schools were closed due to the pandemic, children and youth were deprived of opportunities for growth and development. The disadvantages are disproportionate for underprivileged learners who have fewer educational opportunities beyond school. The pandemic has disrupted education systems globally, affecting the most vulnerable learners the hardest. Children lost interest in education and hence, it became a challenge for school authorities to bring students back to school and engage in the learning process.
With the Smart School initiative from ONGC, children are again motivated and excited to attend school and the initiative is helping them to develop an interest in education and to attend school regularly with improved learning outcomes.