Ujjwal – A Ray Of Light In The Lives Of Underprivileged

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Bengaluru, 24 Sep 2021: Education has evolved tremendously across the world. According to a World Economic Forum assessment, the global outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020 pushed 1.2 billion pupils from schools in 186 nations.

While the transition to online education was relatively easy for elite schools in urban areas, mid-sized schools in tier II and tier III faced significant hurdles in disseminating course material through a digital medium. Government primary schools were the hardest hit, as most students enrolled in these public institutions do not have access to a smartphone.

Youngsters with access to technology, such as phones, machines, and the internet, could communicate with academics, while lakhs of less fortunate children wasted an entire year of schooling.

Only one-third of India’s schoolchildren were pursuing online education, according to the Annual Status of Education Report issued in October 2020, and a smaller proportion of these 32.5 per cent were doing live online lectures. According to the survey, only 8.1 percent of registered youngsters in government institutions use online lessons across the country.

Ujjwal initiative of REWA NGO with the collaborations with Touchstone Pre School is attempting to assist in this regard.

“Ujjwal fills a significant vacuum in early childhood education that we’ve noticed, particularly for low-income families who can’t afford to take their children to pricey private playschools. Currently, 40 students have been enrolled in this academic session. The number will increase by double once physical education starts post-pandemic. Based on the corporate support we can mobilise, more such playschools will spring up in neighbouring government schools from the following academic year,” says Abhishek Saran, founder of Ujjwal.

Since 2019, Ujjwal has been working to develop high achievers in low-income communities through high-quality educational programmes.

Ujjwal intends to look into different options. The issue isn’t just about money. The relevance of pre-primary education has yet to be seen or understood by underprivileged households. While government schools are still working to establish the facilities, private pre-primary school admittance is becoming increasingly competitive.

Whereas many children begin their educational adventure at the age of three in private schools, those who do not have this chance must catch up with those who did. Government preschools, such as Anganwadis, are available. The Karnataka government has established pre-primary (LKG and UKG) classrooms in government schools.

Ms Shikha Mohan, Principal of Touchstone and Head of Ujjwal project says, “Our mission is to provide every child with a high-quality education and a solid foundation for their future. No one should be denied an opportunity due to a lack of resources. We are confident that Ujjwal will make a positive difference in these children’s lives.”

Under income tax section 80 G, one can also sponsor a child’s education and receive tax benefits.

About REWA

REWA, a non-governmental organization (NGO), is registered in Bangalore and was founded in August 2014 to work with grassroots initiatives to change the fate of helpless and destitute women. Addressing issues like women’s empowerment, education and health. REWA is a resource centre dealing with women’s needs and providing them with professional counseling, medical care, micro-savings facilities and other services. REWA is also committed to environmental protection and conservation. A non-profit organisation, REWA firmly believes that empowering women is the best way to help societies develop. A woman epitomizes love, care, kindness, compassion, and empathy and when these positive attributes merge with empowerment, society is bound to flourish and recover from the taints of inequality, injustice and other evils of society.

Visit www.rewasaran.com for more details.