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CSR initiative will give govt school students in Gujarat free online access to local language lessons

Everest Kanto Cylinders (EKC), India’s largest manufacturer of high pressure gas cylinders, today announced a CSR initiative by the company to provide free online access to curriculum-linked educational content to government school students in Gujarat.
The CSR program, which is ideated and executed by ConnectEd Technologies, an EdTech social enterprise, 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.
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.
While making this announcement, 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 govt. school students. It gives me immense pleasure to announce this initiative for all our govt. school students. 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.”
On the occasion of this announcement, Pushkar Khurana, Chairman and Puneet Khurana, Managing Director, said “At Everest Kanto Cylinder Limited (EKC), we have always believed in working for the betterment of our surrounding communities. While mounting our social response to those affected by the pandemic, we found it necessary to support a program that provides quality education to government school students, at a time when schools are shut. We are happy to see the response from government authorities and grass-root level educators, and hope this initiative improves learning outcomes and academic performance amongst government school students.”
Lavin Mirchandani and Lehar Tawde, Co-founder, ConnectEd Technologies, added, “Entry of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, coupled with a rapid surge in cases, led to re-closure of government schools across India. This situation 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.”
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.

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