Mumbai, March 21 : ConnectEd Technologies, India’s leading EdTech social enterprise, today jointly announced a CSR initiative with Forever Living Products India (FLPI) to provide free online access to curriculum-linked educational content across government schools of Maharashtra and Goa. The program, CSR-funded by FLPI, and executed by ConnectEd Technologies with support from Seva Sahayog Foundation aims to provide quality vernacular educational content to government school students, in a bid to improve learning outcomes, especially during the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.
Providing quality education to government school students has been a goal for ConnectEd Technologies, and as part of this program, more than 10,000+ government school students from Grade 5 to 10 across Maharashtra and Goa 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 respective State Board curriculums, and can be viewed online or downloaded onto a device for viewing later. Initially, the initiative aims to benefit students from government schools located in Raigad district of Maharashtra, and North Goa district of Goa. Subsequently, the initiative will scale to students from other regions as well.
On the occasion of this announcement, Dr. Kiran Patil (I.A.S.), CEO – Raigad Zilla Parishad, said, “The Covid-19 pandemic and resultant school closures emphasised the need for a parallel, digital framework through which quality education could be served to govt. school students. It gives me immense pleasure to announce this initiative for Zilla Parishad schools in Raigad. We hope more organisations will come forward to support this initiative & ensure it benefits every student in Raigad as well as Maharashtra.”
Lehar Tawde, Co-founder, ConnectEd Technologies, further added, “The Covid-19 pandemic made India realise 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 Forever Living Products India (FLPI) and Forever Giving Foundation, which enables us to benefit nearly 10,000 more students in Maharashtra and Goa. We hope to scale our presence with support from authorities, FLPI and other organisations”
Mr. Harish Singla, Country Sales Manager, Forever Living Products India (FLPI), added, “As a responsible and caring brand, FLP India has been leading on the CSR front since the beginning whether its contributing 2 million meals for ‘Rise Against Hunger’ or contributing 100 thousand USD to PM Care Fund or distribution of N95 masks through NGO. In February 2022, under the Rex Maughan CSR Programme, we distributed over 27,000 notebooks which were further distributed to schools and villages. I would also like to thank Krushi Prasar Foundation for giving us an opportunity to participate in this noble cause for the betterment of society.”
During the course of this initiative, ConnectEd Technologies will coordinate with government schools to sensitise parents and students about the platform, where they can access curriculum-linked educational content for free, using any device and connectivity at their disposal. Furthermore, the EdTech company will provide school teachers with valuable statistics pertaining to content consumption by each student, thereby enabling them push parents and students to meet learning targets that have been set by the school. Currently, ConnectEd Technologies has deployed such programs across 8 states in India.
About ConnectEd Technologies:
Founded in 2015, ConnectEd Technologies is a Mumbai-based edtech social enterprise that specialises in executing large-scale, tech-enabled developmental projects aimed at govt. schools and the children that study therein. Our aim is to provide quality education and improve learning outcomes amongst children that study in govt. schools and, in this regard, our efforts have been recognized for their innovativeness by Government of India’s #StartupIndia program.
For the last 6 years, ConnectEd Technologies has been working with the State Govt. of Maharashtra on a CSR-funded campaign, named ‘EkShiksha’ which is linked to Hon’ble PM Shri. Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ mission. Under this campaign, we have secured CSR funds from renowned organisations such as Reliance Industries, Hindustan Unilever, Sony Pictures, DHFL and Fullerton India amongst others to benefit more than 100,000 under-served students in Maharashtra through large-scale digitisation of govt. schools with e-learning infrastructure and tailor-made educational content.
Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing closure of govt. schools, we have been working with various State Governments to digitally deploy its curriculum-linked educational content to govt. school students with CSR support from companies such as Sony Pictures, Tata Motors – ACGL, and EKC India amongst others. Currently, our educational content – which can be freely accessed by students using any phone or computer at their disposal – is being deployed to 1,50,000+ students across Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Goa; with projects across many more states in the pipeline.
Be it in its physical or digital avatar, our efforts have had tremendous impact on learning outcomes. Over a span of 3 years, our projects have increased the number of students getting ‘Grade A’ in their school examinations by 254%, and reduced the number of students getting ‘Grade D’ by 98%. In recent years, our proficiency at collaborating with key stakeholders and executing impactful projects at scale, have moved several clients to appoint us to roll-out of awareness campaigns on key themes as well.