Ericsson announced the launch of its global education initiative ‘Connect to Learn’ in India. It implements Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in schools in resource poor settings, to ensure that children, no matter where they live, have access to learning resources and a quality education. In line with the vision of a complete 21st Century education for everyone, the program provides an opportunity for youth to access learning resources that were previously unavailable to them.
As a part of the program, Ericsson in association with three leading NGOs in India – Plan International (India Chapter), Smile Foundation and Pratham Education Foundation has launched projects.
Recognizing an important link between limited mobility of women and girls and accessing progressive learning opportunities, the project with plan India focuses on ensuring increased access to opportunities for self-development for 15000 girls in the 15 – 25 age group. Ericsson will establish 12 Networked Learning Centres in Delhi as knowledge hubs for girls, in association with Plan India.
As a part of the third project, Ericsson will collaborate with Pratham Education Foundation to establish Learning Excellence Program (LEP) in about 15 schools in the villages of Gurgaon. The LEP provides need based support to Government Schools by targeting children who lag behind in their learning levels. Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (CR), Ericsson said, “As we move closer to the Networked Society, we see mobile broadband emerging as a powerful tool, offering the opportunity to connect even the remotest villages.