Without causing any break in the education of rural underprivileged kids during ongoing pandemic,
Larsen & Toubro Public Charitable Trust (LTPCT) has taken education at the doorsteps of more than 23,000 under-privileged children in rural areas across multiple states through its flagship program ‘Vidya’.
As the pandemic has forced India’s schooling system into a digital divide, Larsen & Toubro’s
charitable trust has collaborated with SAP’s CODE Unnati – a corporate-to-citizen, digital literacy and IT skills development initiative by SAP India through community and parental engagement model.
Two prominent NGOs working in the education field, Pratham Education Foundation and Agastya
Foundation, joined hands in conducting digital educational activities and science education programs
during the most difficult period of pandemic and lockdown.
Commenting on this program’s success, a L&T Spokesperson said “During the global pandemic, the
social responsibility of many companies was targeted towards their own employees, their families
and their immediate communities. But the public charitable trust by Larsen & Toubro (LTPCT) has
always managed to make good on its commitments to the society at large.”
Project Vidya conducted online summer camps, special radio programs for tribal students in the
hinterlands of Talasari, a tribal block in Palghar district of Maharashtra. It also conducted online
classes for class 10 th students in Gujarat and engaged in innovative science education in Talasari, Ahmednagar, Talegaon in Maharashtra, Kharel, Navsari, Hazira, Surat, Vadodara in Gujarat,
Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Faridabad in Haryana as well as Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.
The LTPCT has also conducted online teachers training program in Gujarat.
Vidya leveraged on the parental engagement in Talasari. This model involves appointing ‘Cluster
Resource Persons’ (CRP) and Sancharaks, who are either mothers or young graduates from the same
community, trained in early childhood content, parenting, counseling and digital education. They are
assigned families in the area to whom they provide support through calls and home visits. Currently,
the education sessions are conducted over calls and WhatsApp.
“While structures and strategies are being put in place, what is needed for the children at rural and low-income communities is a bit more parental engagement and supervision. Parental counseling
encourages children to learn to engage in self-study, develop new interests or learn to look at things through a lens and realise importance of learning during the pandemic times.” added the spokesperson.
The CRPs, Sancharaks connected with the students and local community through WhatsApp groups
and conducted digital summer camps. Every morning, the CRPs would post tasks to students on the
groups and students would share their work and experience back in the group by the end of the day.
Initially conducted craft activities and simple science experiments during these online summer
In Gujarat, they conducted Teacher Training Program covering 7 talukas and reached out to 700 plus
teachers. In the state, Vidya by LTPCT created videos for 10th standard students to explain science
topics like electro-magnetism, the complexities of the human brain, types of chemical reactions, etc.
They also conducted online classes for Class 10th students in the state.
Additionally, LTPCT Ahmednagar created and shared exciting stories from the life of many scientists
with the underprivileged students. The Ahmednagar and Talegaon teams also participated in the
‘Youth Challenge’ organized by UNICEF and Design for change. While in Coimbatore, Vidya team
conducted COVID Safety precautions activities such as making masks, hand wash techniques.
Personality development activities were also conducted for the residents of the area.
By: Murtuza Merchant