India is the worst affected by the Coronavirus. As many organisations are supporting work from home, the schools in India have also gone digital. In these tough times, where everyone is struggling to stay the course, access to education and the Internet into lesser fortunate families is getting complicated. As the pandemic stretches, Xioami has come together with a non-governmental organisation Teach for India on the occasion of 74th Independence Day for a noble cause. The company has pledged to donate 2500 brand new smartphones to the children from communities that are worst affected by the pandemic.
Digital classrooms have made the process of learning difficult. Xiaomi along with its network of Distributors and Retail Partners announced to pledge 2500 brand new smartphones worth Rs 2 Crores in India to the poor children who cannot afford a smartphone to get access to education as all the schools these days are hosted digitally. According to a report by the Save The Children Fund, India is facing the most significant global education emergency of the lifetime. Half the population in the country has access to the Internet and smartphones, and the pandemic has affected the most marginalised children according to the survey.
Speaking on the partnership, Muralikrishnan B, Chief Operating Officer at Mi India, said, “At Mi India, we have always believed in making technology accessible to every Indian. We are very grateful to our retail partners who have come together with Mi India to pledge the 2500+ smartphones under this initiative #MiforIndia. Children’s education is a cause we will continue to work towards.”
Despite the ban on its most important apps Mi Browser Pro and Mi Community Xiaomi have partnered with Teach for India, to ensure that the children can avail of these smartphones for online learning and education. However, every small contribution counts; the Mi for India initiative will allow thousands of students to attend online classes. The partnership will ensure that these brand-new smartphones can be used by children to access online courses, ensuring continuity in their education.
But for some access to data is also essential the pandemic has led to many people losing their jobs whereas some have a single income and cannot get access to the Internet. While for some the technology is new as it makes learning more difficult as well as confusing whereas some families have one smartphone between three to four children. Regardless of all these problems, some children hold on to hope for better learning options.
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