The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted education like no other crises before it. Since March 2020, the education of nearly 300 million students, especially those from underprivileged sections, have been affected. To address the scenario, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with Wipro organized a webinar called ‘Conversation 2.0- Covid19 Social Impact: Solution Ideas on Nurturing Education – During Pandemic and Beyond’ on June 10.
Sheetal Mehta, Executive Director, KC Mahindra Education Trust, and SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility, Mahindra & Mahindra, attended the webinar. Rishikesh BS, Professor, Azim Premji University; Vijay K Thadani, Former Chairman, CII National Committee on Higher Education, and Vice Chairman and MD, NIIT Ltd, also participated.
Ms. Mehta stressed the need for embedding digital learning into India’s education system. “Schools will need to equip themselves with learning technology because it is only through these tools that children will learn,” she said.
Focusing on the gender divide and how it deprives girls of a quality education, Ms. Mehta said, research has shown that underprivileged girls are often the ones that are left behind. And this is the sphere in which Nanhi Kali – a Mahindra Foundation Initiative, is striving to make a difference.