Bharti Foundation and Ericsson India join hands to open “Robotic Lab” in Satya Bharti Senior Secondary School, Jhaneri Punjab
-The initiative will benefit the underprivileged students from Class IV to Class VIII making them future ready
-The state-of-the-art lab will help students to improve their analytical, problem solving and decision making skills
Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises in partnership with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today inaugurated “The Robotic Lab” at Satya Bharti Senior Secondary School, Jhaneri, Punjab. The state-of-the-art lab in the Government school in Jhaneri, Punjab will benefit the underprivileged students from Class IV to Class VIII and further stimulate their interest in science and technology.
The program curriculum aims to introduce these students to the world of digital technology by improving their general understanding as well as providing hands-on experience of programming and digital tools. During the robotic classes, students will learn the basics of programming and develop the skillsets to create precise and accurate instructions. The three-year partnership with Bharti Foundation aims to impart knowledge that inspires students to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). With Ericsson’s global experience and expertise in leveraging ICT technology, this program will provide knowledge in the areas of new technologies, coding, programming and robotics to name a few.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Mamta Saikia, CEO, Bharti Foundation said “Use of robotics in the classroom has proven to be a consistent and dependable way to teach students the required skills needed to prepare them for the future job market. Robotics at the school is now a significant part of learning that improves the analytical skills of students. I would like to thank Ericsson for partnering with us in this initiative and provide this exciting learning opportunity to the underprivileged students that they would not have access to otherwise.”
Working in the robotics projects will also help students to improve their analytical, problem solving and decision making skills.
Heather Johnson, Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson said “At Ericsson, we are committed to improving educational opportunities for young students around the world through the use of ICT. The program with Bharti Foundation aims to inspire and equip children to approach technology and problem-solving by creating an open atmosphere for learning, where instructors share their enthusiasm for STEM, thus inspiring children to participate in future technological studies. The project highlights Ericsson’s commitment to supporting access to education for students everywhere and leveraging ICT to enhance learning outcomes.”
About Bharti Foundation
Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, was set up in the year 2000. It implements and supports programs in the field of primary, elementary, senior secondary and higher education. Through its flagship initiative - the Satya Bharti School Program, the Foundation provides free and quality education to underprivileged children across rural India, with a focus on the girl child. The impact of quality education is being scaled up by transferring the learning and best practices of this Program to Government Schools through the Satya Bharti Quality Support Program. In addition to its primary focus area of education, the Foundation initiated ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’ in 2014 to improve sanitation facilities. Since inception Bharti Foundation has reached out to 4,00,000+ students and 17,000+ teachers through more than 2500 schools/centres across 16 Indian states and 2 Union Territories through its initiatives in the education sector. In addition, the programs have impacted over 2 million community members across rural India. Satya Bharti Abhiyan achieved the distinction of having delivered more than 24,000 toilets, directly benefitting over 1,80,000 beneficiaries in Ludhiana and rural Amritsar. These programs have already been recognized as one of the largest private enterprise initiatives of the country in the education sector.
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