BYJU’S & Akshaya Patra Foundation to support education of underprivileged students

Kolkata: BYJU’S, the edtech company, has joined forces with The Akshaya Patra Foundation to provide underprivileged students access to quality education.
Launched under BYJU’S social initiatives effort ‘Education For All’, this collaboration aims to provide continuity of learning to around two lakh underprivileged children across multiplestates, including
remote areas of the country, even as schools remain partially closed, a media statement said hereon Wednesday.
The digital education initiative, also a part of Akshaya Patra’s flagship National Endeavour for Student Transformation (NEST) initiative, seeks to engage the education system to complementthe quality of education through collective efforts.
With this collaboration, BYJU’S will offer high-quality and tech-driven learning programmes by providing free streaming licenses and smart classrooms to the students.
Speaking on the initiative, Divya Gokulnath, Co-founder, BYJU’S, said, “BYJU’S has a strong vision to undertake various transformative social initiatives for the upliftment of children across different sections of society and bridge the gap between quality education and digital access. We are delighted to collaborate with the Akshaya Patra Foundation which has been working relentlessly to boost meal programmes for school children in India.”
“Our partnership with them is a significant step towards making a lasting impact on thedevelopment of children’s welfare through education and well-being. The cornerstone of ourphilosophy is centered around bringing a tangible impact to our existing education ecosystem,and we are honoured to have partnered with The Akshaya Patra Foundation and strengthen oursocial impact initiative, Education for All.”
The collaborative initiative aims to empower children in Government and aided schools byproviding an interactive and innovative learning experience with access to a world-class digitalplatform and professionally-curated content.
To start with, BYJU’S and Akshaya Patra along with the Government of Uttarakhand havealready launched a free education program for children from economically weaker sections.
Shridhar Venkat, CEO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, said “At Akshaya Patra, our constantendeavours are to ensure that no child is deprived of education due to hunger. We do what we doto further the cause of education, a fundamental right of every child, irrespective of their socio-economic backgrounds.”
“We firmly believe that digital inclusiveness can help in creating a world where children fromeconomically weaker sections do not have to forfeit opportunities because of affordability oraccessibility issues. This collaboration with BYJU’S is our attempt to bridge the digital divide
and further digital inclusiveness by providing children good quality, modern education free of
He further added, “The Government, on its part, has been making considerable efforts toprovide
quality education to children studying in Government and aided schools. This initiative is our
attempt to proactively contribute to the Government’s concerted efforts on this front.”
The collaboration is of many efforts of The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s flagship initiative,National Endeavour for Student Transformation (NEST), whose goal is to create a conduciveenvironment in schools to contribute to students’ learning outcomes whilst providing them an enjoyable schooling experience.

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