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How we’re helping children in India’s poorest communities

26 April 2018 

In a joint initiative with the charity and publisher Katha, we set up Katha Information Technology and E-commerce School (KITES) in the slums of Govindpuri, New Delhi, to provide information communication and literacy skills to children in the poorest communities.

We’ve spent the past four years scaling the programme through digitised content and an e-learning platform. And we’ve already reached more than 375,000 children.

Katha KITES school pupils in India

Anna Easton BT Director of Sustainable Business says: “In India, 300 million children are of school age, but half of them can’t read. Inability to read hits children hardest and leads to entrenched poverty, so the work of organisations like Katha is critical.

“With the support of colleagues in India, we’ve found a way to integrate technology and help Katha scale. We’ve now secured approval to expand the programme, reaching 300,000 more children over the next two years. The project will be centred on technology developed by our local Technology Service and Operations team, so will count directly towards our public ambition of using our technology to help ten million people to overcome social disadvantage by 2020.”

“Using our technology, we can improve their social confidence whilst developing a talent pipeline for our company.

“In addition to funding, we’ve donated computers, workstations, software, smartboards, robotics equipment, projectors and videoconferencing equipment. And colleagues have contributed by teaching reading, developing behavioural skills and teaching interview skills and spoken English.”

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