Dell Empowers India’s Youth with Technology-enabled Learning

Dell Empowers India’s Youth with Technology-enabled Learning

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India

  • Under Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good plan, company focuses on preparing youth for the digital world, by enabling technology access.
  • Clocking 1,05,000+ Dell employee volunteer hours, the company’s giving initiatives impacted 6,00,000+ students and 27,000+ teachers across India.

Dell completed a milestone of 10 years of ‘Dell Giving’ in India. Through Dell Youth Learning initiatives, which focus on improving learning outcomes in schools by providing technology access – the company has successfully empowered students across 5000+ schools across the country in the last ten years. Dell commemorated this momentous occasion by conducting various volunteering activities for student projects across schools adopted under the program between 18th to 29th September, 2017.

Program milestones over the last decade –

  • Dell Youth Learning program empowered 6,00,000+ students across India with technology access.
  • Through the program, over 27,000+ teachers were trained to inspire students to innovate, collaborate and learn.
  • Dell employees clocked in a record high 1,05,000+ volunteerism hours spent on working with the NGOs to impart Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills and education through visual content.
  • The program touches 5000+ schools across India – covering Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Odisha, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.
  • The initiative provided schools access to a minimum of a Dell Laptop, Dell projector and interactive e-learning content that is developed with support from Dell funding.

In addition to fostering creativity among partner schools, an important component of the Dell Youth Learning is to utilize the technology for community outreach. In many of the schools, the Dell computer lab is used to impart ICT skills to children from other schools in the neighborhood.

Significant impact delivered by Dell Youth Learning NGO Partners such as –

  • Agastya Foundation.
  • American India Foundation (AIF).
  • Dream a Dream.
  • Learning Links Foundation.
  • Hope Foundation.
  • Humana People to People India.
  • Literacy India.
  • Sikshana Foundation.
  • Youth for Seva.

Building on experience gained over the past ten years, the Dell Youth Learning program is moving towards rigorously measuring outcomes and engaging with state governments to influence systemic changes in school education.

Quotes from Dell Executives

“We have always believed in leveraging technology to make a positive impact on people and communities around us. The Dell Youth Learning program is a shining example of how we have anticipated and shouldered India’s digital dream of creating a knowledge economy since 2007. Our dream is for the long-term, as we invest our energies and resources in the youth to equip them for a digital future. As we look back at a successful decade of Dell Youth Learning in India, we are hopeful of achieving the next milestone, armed with all the learnings from our past experience”, Rajeev Kapoor, Vice President Finance and CSR Champion, Dell EMC India.

“Empowering youth and helping them scale greater heights has always been an important facet of Dell Inc.’s work culture and we have done widespread work in developing technologies that drive human progress. Our commitment to empower the children in our adopted schools through digital learning experiences under the Dell Youth Learning program is a perfect example of our sustained efforts towards creating a digitally enabled society that gives way to innovation in-turn benefiting the world as a whole. We take great pride in preparing youth for success. As a company we feel proud of the achievement and hope to create a wider platform for the youth to help them excel in all walks of life,” Chandrasekar Krishnamurthy Vice President, Global Services and Executive Sponsor – Corporate Sustainability, Dell EMC Corporation.

Students accessing technology at Sikshana, Dell Partner School

Testimonials from NGO Partners

“We are happy to be associated with Dell for over 9 years now. Today, when we see the company approach this important milestone, we feel proud to be associated with them. We began work with Dell in 2009 with just 24 schools, only to grow stronger and serve 3641 schools across 6 states today. With Dell’s assistance, we were able to launch the Digital Equalizer program across India to bridge the digital divide and transform under-resourced schools into dynamic places to teach and learn through collaboration and projects. The Dell Youth Learning program has been an inspiring and revered partnership in the journey to prove that technology plays a vital role in empowering the youth of today,” Sajit Menon, Head of Programs, American India Foundation.

“The Gyan Shakti Program supported by Dell Youth Learning has helped empower more than 150,000 youth and equip them with 21st Century Skills. Dell provided state of the technology while we drew plans for providing quality education, keeping innovation as the core component. The outcome has been a wonderful partnership with remarkable impact. We find a new enthusiasm and eagerness in acquiring knowledge and exploring the power and potential of technology. The Dell Youth program has helped bring about a paradigm shift in the way teachers teach and students learn. The program is helping youth become creators and innovators and not such consumers of knowledge,” Nuriya Ansari, Managing Partner, Learning Links Foundation.

“Sikshana started its journey of improving the quality of education delivered by the Public Primary Schools in India in 2005. The intervention called “Prerana” was piloted in a few schools till 2008, but we needed to rapidly expand to hundreds of schools to prove the validity of the model and here large grants from Dell made it possible. To meet our goal of scaling Prerana to all schools in Karnataka, we had to create an Analytics, Process and Tools (APT) platform to help State manage the program. Here again Dell helped us with the necessary hardware to create the system which is now being used by the Department to monitor the progress of 2.2 million children studying in nearly 44,000 schools across Karnataka,” Prasanna Vadayar, CEO, Sikshana Foundation.

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