Udaipur: Hindustan Zinc, India’s only and world’s leading integrated producer of Zinc-Lead-Silver has come forward to support the initiative of Muskaan Dreams, a youth-driven Non-profit social start-up to transform 100 rural government schools of Madhya Pradesh through E-learning content and virtual classrooms via Internet. E-learning provides students a chance to grasp the knowledge through online communities. This initiative by converting basic infra into digitization, will help students in better understanding of subjects, especially Math, Science, and English with the help of audio-visual content and internet support. This will create a significant impact on 15000 rural students, 300 Teachers and 100 villages across India through Digital classes and will connect them with Skype for online lessons.
Mr. Sunil Duggal – CEO, HZL said “Hindustan Zinc has a strong focus towards uplifting the communities. A school is the cornerstone in any student’s life to cultivate healthy thought process and groom intellectual abilities. With an objective to provide quality education, this initiative is a platform to empower rural students to pursue their dream and further contribute in nation building.”
Mr. Pavan Kaushik – Head Corporate Communication, HZL said “Hindustan Zinc has a strong focus towards providing quality education for the inclusive growth of students from rural background through its educational programs like Shiksha Sambal, Unchi Udaan and Yashad Sumedha Scholarship program. With this initiative, we have gone a step ahead to address the problem of lack of teachers in rural schools through E-learning.”
Schools in rural areas have their own challenges in terms of providing education to students. There are government schools in rural areas but the point is, do these schools have adequate number of teachers to provide quality education? While India has made a significant progress in increasing enrolment rates for primary education, schools have been less successful at preventing dropouts during this critical learning phase. One of the reasons cited has been non availability of teachers in schools. UNICEF report suggests that there are, 27% of children drop out between Class 1 and 5, 41% before reaching Class 8, and 49% before reaching Class 10. Government schools are urgently in need of 1 million teachers, especially for Math and Science.
Mr. Abhishek Dubey, Founder & CEO, Muskaan Dreams said, “I would like to thank Hindustan Zinc for this great stride taken for a better India as it will help Muskaan Dreams to take the initiative to the next level. I have always wanted to support and dedicate my life serving the children from rural areas from a very early age. I believe that education in the rural segment should be promoted as it has a more significant role to play in the growth of the country.”