Karnataka and Tamil Nadu underprivileged school children from the rural areas will be provided with 100 tablets assisting in distance learning. The Consulate General of Israel to South India has partnered with the Art of Living to provide the students with the tablets.
Schools have been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools during the lockdown and the pandemic switched to online or distance learning. The Art of Living, in a statement released regarding the same, stated that the children in remote areas, however, were left with limited internet access which posed a challenge compared to the children in the urban areas.
Teachers to be able to support students
The partnership with the Art of Living and the Consulate General of Israel to South India is assumed to enable the teachers to lend support to the students from rural areas and bridge the literacy gaps. The consulate is also looking forward to assisting the students with limited resources to navigate the academic year.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar from the Art of living stated that the partnership is welcomed since it is a first of its kind between the Art of Living and the Israeli government. He further added that online learning will reach marginalized students from vulnerable communities and also help them.
Consulate General Jonathan Zadka while speaking about the partnership said that the partnership with like-minded organizations allows the counsel to share the same view with the host country. He further pointed out that the Consulate hopes that the pandemic situation will be over soon and the children could go back to resume their education routine.