Jawaharlal Nehru once said that children are like buds in the garden. They need to be carefully nurtured, as they are the future citizens of tomorrow. Children play a vital role in leading a nation towards future success, and educating a child plays a significant role in realising that success. When given the right education, a child thinks critically and analyses everything while enhancing their imagination and thought processes. Education exposes them to new ideas and helps them achieve success through their dream careers.
Even today, millions of children in India don't have access to education. Children from remote villages need to travel miles to go to school, and many don't have the resources to spend on education. When the pandemic struck, the situation got worse. Almost all were unprepared to deploy remote learning during emergency school closures, leading to a huge drop-out rate from schools in India. According to UNICEF, the COVID-19 pandemic increased poverty and put about 247 million children out of schools, which led to the loss of a safe space in school, an increase in child labour, and 100 million girls being exposed to the risk of child marriage.
Launched in 2020, BYJU'S – "Education for All" initiative focuses on democratising education by ensuring that children across all economic backgrounds get equal access to quality learning opportunities, especially during the pandemic. It seeks to build bridges to close the learning gap to empower children from remote areas and underserved communities. Technology has become pivotal in learning, and BYJU'S is leveraging technology to address the constraints of students in remote areas.
BYJU'S has been providing free premium learning content in 11 languages to children by collaborating with Over 110 NGOs across 26 states and working closely with government schools. Through these partnerships, BYJU'S seeks to bring positive systematic change to the education ecosystem and provide every child with the opportunity to learn and grow. Through "Education for All" they have also helped empower the girl child and played an instrumental role in championing their education. So far, within a year, the initiative connected 3.4 million underprivileged children to education out of the 5 million target that was to be reached by 2025.
After seeing a magnificent success rate, BYJU'S raised its target and is now on a mission to empower 10 million children from underserved communities by 2025 and grow "Education for All" to be the largest not-for-profit initiative in India. Education can unlock a child's potential, fueling a nation's journey to transform into a prosperous society. The Logical Indian lauds BYJU'S efforts in making education available to children in remote geographies and underserved communities by building a better learning and inclusive India.