Agastya and Verizon join hands to empower hundreds of children through STEM education

Agastya International Foundation, a leading non-profit that makes quality education accessible to rural schools, has partnered with Verizon India for a well-calibrated Mobile Science Lab (MSL) for 20 schools that will benefit more than 2800 students in Arakkonam District, Tamil Nadu. MSL is designed to boost STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in locations away from cities. Its key objective is to enrich the learning of science with experiments and demonstrations for children from class 5-9 who have limited or no access to academic laboratories otherwise. The teaching approach is consistent with the National Curriculum Framework and the topics are aligned to the NCERT syllabus. Salient features of the initiative are:

●     School visits: The MSL travels to each school with 100+ hands-on science models covering a wide range of topics in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

●        Young Instructor Program:  Students with a passion for science subjects will be trained to be “Young Instructors”; who will teach their peers.

●        Science Fairs : Will be held a few times a year to reach out to a larger group of children covering scientific phenomena and science in everyday life.  

●        Teacher orientation programs: To instill and nurture creative thinking and problem-solving skills among teachers of participating schools. 

The Mobile Science Lab was flagged off today on the premises of Olympia Tech Park, Guindy by Ms. Kalyani Sekar, VP & MD, Verizon Data Services India in the presence of officials from Agastya and Sattva, a CSR advisory organization, besides a number of Verizon employees along with their leaders.    

Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Hariharan, Director - Partner Relations, Agastya International Foundation said, “Agastya’s mission is to transform and reimagine education by sparking curiosity and creativity among underserved children in India. We are happy to partner with Verizon India to shape many young leaders, innovators and critical problem solvers through our programs.”

Launching the initiative, Kalyani Sekar said, “MSL is a transformational program that is well aligned to Verizon’s commitment to empowering communities. We hope the Mobile Science Lab in Arakkonam will help pull down barriers to effective learning and inspire hundreds of bright children to go far in pursuit of science education.” 

About Verizon India

Verizon India, an IT &  Technology GIC (Global In-house Center) that operates out of Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ). Established in the year 2001, Verizon India supports Verizon’s domestic wireless and wireline businesses in the US as well as its global Enterprise Solutions business (VES).

About Agastya International Foundation:

Founded in April 1999, Agastya International Foundation, is a charitable education trust that runs the world’s largest mobile hands-on science education program for economically disadvantaged children and teachers. Through all its programs, Agastya has reached over 10 million children and 2, 50,000 teachers across 19 states in India. By making practical, hands-on science education accessible to rural government schools, Agastya aims to spark curiosity, nurture creativity and build confidence in economically disadvantaged children and government school teachers.

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