The COVID-19 pandemic has affected educational systems across the country, leading to the near-total closures of schools, universities, and colleges. Most governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus. This prolonged closure has a disproportionately negative impact on the most marginalized children in the rural areas.
In addition, since children specially from the remote rural areas are out of school due to the pandemic, they are not only losing interests in education but they have also become more vulnerable to trafficking for labour and other forms of exploitation.
Therefore, keeping in view the imminent dangers of the third wave of COVID-19, the Police Department of Koderma, Jharkhand, and the reputed newspaper Dainik Jagran took an initiative to support children in the rural Jharkhand to continue their education through digital modes.
For this cause, people were requested to donate smartphones, tablets and laptops so that the marginalized children who lack access of digital modes of education, can be linked to online classes and leaning platforms to continue their education.