Mumbai-based edtech social enterprise, ConnectEd Technologies, on January 7 announced to provide free online access to curriculum-linked educational content across Gujarat government schools. Everest Kanto Cylinders (EKC), a leading manufacturer of high pressure gas cylinders is supporting ConnectEd in this effort to provide quality vernacular educational content to government school students, improve learning outcomes, especially during the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.
At part of the program, more than 7,500 students from government schools under the District Administration of Kutch will be provided with free online access to a web and mobile app platform. The platform contains quality educational content in local languages, that is in-sync with the Gujarat State Board curriculum, and can be viewed online or downloaded onto a device for viewing later. Initially, the initiative aims to benefit students from Grade 9 and 10 across schools located in Gandhidham block of Kutch. Subsequently, the initiative will scale to students from other grades and regions of Gujarat.
Dr. B. N. Prajapati, District Education Officer (D.E.O.) – Kutch, Gujarat, said, “The recent surge in Covid-19 cases led to closure of schools across Gujarat. In such circumstances, government schools and their students are in need of a parallel digital framework through which quality education could be served to the government. We are thankful to Everest Kanto Cylinders (EKC), and hope more organisations will come forward to support this initiative and ensure it benefits every student in Gujarat.”
Lavin Mirchandani and Lehar Tawde, Co-founder, ConnectEd Technologies, commented, “Closure and re-closure of government schools emphasises the need for a digital approach that makes quality education accessible to government school students in regional languages. We have been working in this direction since 2020, and are pleased with our association with Everest Kanto Cylinders (EKC), which marks our foray into Gujarat. We hope to scale our presence with support from authorities, EKC India and other organisations”
Pushkar Khurana, Chairman and Mr. Puneet Khurana, Managing Director, added, “We are happy to see the response from government authorities and grass-root level educators, and hope this initiative improves learning outcomes & academic performance among government school students.”