Students that come from an underprivileged background are often neglected for much of their academic careers and presented with limited opportunities for growth. At Newgen, education has always been very close to our hearts, and we have developed our corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs with a focus on promoting digital literacy and making education more accessible for all.
We are currently implementing four major developmental initiatives that are geared toward the holistic growth of underprivileged, school-going students: Newgen Digital Discovery Paathshala, remedial education program, mid-day meal program, and personality development program.
Building a Digitally Literate Society with Newgen Digital Discovery Paathshala
Newgen Digital Discovery Paathshala (NDDP) is our flagship initiative, aimed at enhancing the digital skills of children attending government schools and providing them with a level playing field. Over 3,000 students are currently engaged with the NDDP program, across three schools in New Delhi. The program emphasizes digital media and iPad-based teaching techniques, including audiovisuals, presentations, and content research, to make learning fun and easy.
In early 2020, the Newgen Alumni Association initiative was developed to connect with students who had graduated from the NDDP program and support them throughout their continued educational journey.
During COVID-19, NDDP transitioned from classroom to online sessions to ensure an uninterrupted flow of learning. This transition was not a challenge since our students have become proficient enough to attend virtual classes through video conferencing apps and to create informative presentations without any assistance.
Furthermore, Newgen has equipped over 400 students with digital devices—including iPads, tablets, and smartphones with sim cards—to help them attend school virtually and participate in NDDP sessions. We also provide our students with monthly appreciation prizes—including happiness kits, general knowledge books, and poster colours—to boost their morale during the pandemic.
Providing Equitable Education with Remedial Education Program
We have implemented the remedial education program in association with Kinship for Humanitarian Social and Holistic Intervention in India (KHUSHII), a non-profit organization. The program provides remedial and equitable education to approximately 6,000 students, attending government schools from 1st to 5th class, in New Delhi and Chennai. After completing their 5th class examinations, these students directly enter the NDDP digital education system. The past year saw the program shift to a virtual medium for delivering remedial education and counselling sessions.
Alleviating Hunger with Mid-day Meal Program
In addition to quality education, the need for nutritious and healthy food is essential for students’ success. This revelation drove our association with the Akshayapatra Foundation to distribute mid-day meals to government school students. We currently provide mid-day meals to approximately 9,000 students in Vrindavan, Jhalawar, and Guwahati. During the pandemic, we provided all beneficiaries, and their families, with “happiness boxes,” containing food rations to support them during difficult times.
Enhancing Soft Skills with Personality Development Program
We also provide soft-skill training, personal and career counselling, and self-awareness sessions to underprivileged students through our partnership with I-AM Wellness. Newgen engages over 300 underprivileged children, from a pool of Sadbhavna Trust and NDDP alumni, through online, monthly personality development sessions.
While the pandemic has presented numerous challenges, lockdown has helped us to realize the true potential of our initiatives and visualize how digital is actively helping…