India is amongst those countries whose educational institutions, including schools, have been shut down in light of the spread of COVID-19. It has disproportionately impacted school education; it has put restrictions on the traditionally practised classroom-based teaching and learning in schools, compelling these institutes to shift to remote-based or digital learning platforms for both teaching and student assessments. However, there are many structural and institutional issues which hamper even these virtual digital learning platforms.
The aspect of the digital divide: poorest students do not have access to smartphones, and even if they do, net connectivity is poor, and content is often not available in vernacular languages. This gives rise to discrimination in access to education. There is also lack of digital infrastructure for both the teachers and students and a disparity in internet connection and access to devices; while all students might have smartphones, not all of them know how to use desktops or laptops which are more suited for educational purposes.
There is a need to boost digital literacy, bridge digital divide, facilitate the adoption of information technologies in education and equip disadvantaged youths with skills, tools and capabilities that new global economy demands. Through this campaign, I aim to for purchase computers for the LAB at Govt. Primary School, Surya Vihar, Gurgaon. The school has about 250 students in the age group of 3-14 years and will be used by them. This is in partnership with the Dream Girl Foundation.
THE AIM IS TO PROVIDE 10 COMPUTERS. EACH LAPTOP COSTS JUST INR 24000 (INCL. DISTRIBUTION).
My name is DHRUV RAI, 15 years old & studying in Grade 10 at Pathways School, Gurgaon.
In today’s digital era, fundamental knowledge of computer systems is considered basic literacy - skills essential for our lives and often imprudently taken for granted by us. Even as technology becomes more affordable and internet access has become a right, the “digital divide” between rich and poor remains. The privileged and educated are still more likely than others to have good access to digital resources. The digital divide has especially far-reaching consequences when it comes to education. For children in low-income school districts, inadequate access to technology can hinder them from learning the tech skills that are crucial to success in today's economy. This divide is even more jarring after the COVID-19 lockdown.
Help me bridge this gap and ensure that everyone has a fair chance at succeeding.
ABOUT THE DREAM GIRL FOUNDATION
Established in the year 2003, Dream Girl Foundation is one of the eminent non-profit organisations engaged in providing a better future to the underprivileged girls. Our organisation is dedicated to working for the overall improvement of girls including education, sanitation, health, income generation, AIDS awareness and other major issues. We make the underprivileged girl children capable so that they can compete and come at-par with this fast-growing community. Girl gives a shape to this civilisation; hence, our NGO works hard to provide better health, education and basic necessities to them. We have a team of teachers, medical practitioners and other volunteers, who wholeheartedly work for the betterment of deprived girls. We also focus on providing proper medical facilities to the children. With the assistance of the volunteers, we have been able to arrange the basic necessities for the girls. Our team members work to stop exploitation against the girl child. We work as a team for the betterment of impoverished girls.
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as the trust is a registered NGO & you can avail of benefits under section 80G of IT act. Foreign funding is accepted too.
FEEDBACK THAT YOU GET
To ensure that there is complete transparency I upload a report from NGO (this takes between 2 to 4 months usually after the funds are raised & transferred) telling me who benefitted from the funding. The details will then be posted on the UPDATES section of my campaign. As soon as I post an update, the platform will send an EMAIL alert to all the funders - i.e. to you. Click on the link on the email and you can read about who benefitted. That's transparent right?
When do I get the receipts?
The receipts will start getting processed about 4 to 6 weeks AFTER the campaign is closed and will be sent to you directly.
How does crowdfunding work?
Crowdfunding in India is a relatively new concept & is growing very quickly.
It’s a concept that allows a large number of funders (like you) to fund an idea or a cause or event by giving small amounts of money online. Fueladream.com is a crowdfunding platform in India that allows for such pooling of funds. You can fund innovations & ideas on FuelADream and be the first to get these products or make them come true. You can also do a good turn by funding charities and causes through crowdfunding. When you fund a charity it’s more like a donation & you get small innovative rewards like a shout-out on an FB page or a thank you email from the beneficiaries.