BYJU’S and Akshaya Patra Foundation Join Forces to Support Education for Underprivileged Students


The collaboration aims to promote digital education by supporting 2 lakh children across the country from economically weaker sections of society through distance learning

BANGALORE, India, January 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — BYJU’S, the world’s largest educational technology company, has partnered with the Akshaya Patra Foundation to further its mission of providing students with access to quality education and making an impact. positive impact on the lives of underprivileged children. Launched as part of BYJU’s “Education for All” social initiatives, the collaboration aims to provide continuity of learning to approximately 2 lakh underprivileged children in several states, including remote parts of the country, even though the schools remain partially closed.

The digital education initiative, which is also part of At Akshaya Patra the flagship initiative National Endeavor for Student Transformation (NEST), aims to engage the education system to complete the quality of education through collective efforts. Through this collaboration, BYJU’S will provide high-quality, technology-driven learning programs by providing free streaming licenses and smart classrooms to students.

Speaking at the initiative, Divya Gokulnath, co-founder, BYJU’S, noted, “BYJU’S has a strong vision to undertake various transformative social initiatives for the upliftment of children in different strata of society and bridge the gap between quality education and digital access. We are delighted to partner with the Akshaya Patra Foundation which works tirelessly to boost meal programs for schoolchildren in India. Our partnership with them is an important step towards a lasting impact on the development of children’s well-being through education and well-being. The cornerstone of our philosophy is centered on bringing tangible impact to our existing education ecosystem, and we are honored to have partnered with the Akshaya Patra Foundation and to strengthen our social impact initiative, Education for all. »

The collaborative initiative aims to empower children in government and aided schools by providing an interactive and innovative learning experience with access to a world-class digital platform and professionally curated content. To start, BYJU’S and Akshaya Patra, along with the government of Uttarakhand, have already launched a free education program for children from economically weaker neighborhoods.

Mr. Shridhar Venkat, CEO of the Akshaya Patra Foundation, said:AT Akshaya Patra, our constant efforts are aimed at ensuring that no child is deprived of an education because of hunger. We do what we do to advance the cause of education, a fundamental right of every child, regardless of socio-economic background. We strongly believe that digital inclusiveness can help create a world where children from economically weaker sections do not have to give up opportunities due to affordability or accessibility issues. This collaboration with BYJU’S is our attempt to bridge the digital divide and foster digital inclusiveness by providing children with modern, good quality education for free.”

He further added: “The government, for its part, has made considerable efforts to provide quality education to children studying in public and subsidized schools. This initiative is our attempt to proactively contribute to concerted government efforts on this front..”

The collaboration is the result of many efforts of the Akshaya Patra Foundation’s flagship initiative, National Endeavor for Student Transformation (NEST), which aims to create an enabling environment in schools to contribute to student learning outcomes. while providing them with an enjoyable school experience.

In this pursuit, the Foundation has found a capable ally in the form of BYJU’S who strive to bring digital learning to as many children as possible through their social initiatives, giving these children a chance to learn how to distance.

Launched in 2020, “Education for All” is BYJU’s flagship social initiative program that aims to democratize education and ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn. The program is committed to empowering children in the most remote geographies and underserved communities through technology-enabled learning. With a mission to empower 5 million underprivileged children by 2025, the company has partnered with 100 NGOs in 26 states to bring about positive systemic change to the education ecosystem.

“Education for All” by BYJU:

In an effort to make digital learning accessible to millions of children from underserved communities, BYJU’S, the global leader in information technology, has launched its social initiative – “Education for All” in September 2020. The program aims to democratize education by ensuring that children from all economic backgrounds have equal access to quality learning opportunities. The Education for All initiative gives students from underserved and economically disadvantaged communities a better chance for social and economic advancement. This initiative aims to bridge the educational and digital divide by making quality learning accessible to children in need. With over 100 partners like American India Foundation, United Way, Right to Live, Magic Bus, SOS, Save the Children, CRY and more in 26 states of India, the program has created a positive impact and has reached over 35 lakh students in the last 1 year across the country. The company aims to accelerate its impact by reaching children who lack access to learning both on its own and through partnerships. For more information:

About Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to fight classroom hunger and malnutrition in India. By implementing the midday meal program in public and government-subsidized schools, Akshaya Patra aims to fight against hunger and, at the same time, to educate children. Since 2000, Akshaya Patra worked to provide children with healthy food every school day. The Foundation continually leverages technology to meet the needs of millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and attract curious visitors from all over the world.

In partnership with the Government of India and various state governments and the invaluable support of many philanthropic donors and supporters, Akshaya Patra has grown from humble beginnings serving just 1,500 school children in five schools to becoming the world’s largest (non-profit) midday meal program, serving healthy food to more than 1.8 million children aged 19 039 schools [as of March 2020] in 13 states and one union territory in India.

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