Android Device Management Platform, Esper, announced its partnership with two non-profit organizations, Teach For India and iTeach Schools, this month. Both the NGO’s run large scale programmes impacting over thousands of school kids in India. Through these partnerships, Esper will assist both the e-learning providers to streamline the deployment and management of low cost Android tablets.
The pandemic has hit children from lower income households the most, severely affecting their access to education and increasing the risk of dropping out. The Annual Status of Education Report 2020 found that with the suspension of physical classes since the lockdown in March, there was a marked rise in students not being enrolled, either because they dropped out, or because it was not possible to get admitted. And according to UNESCO, the number of children impacted in India may be as high as 320 million.
Organisations like Teach For India and iTeach are doing valuable work in this area to bridge the gap and ensure that millions of students do not miss out on their education. Experts are suggesting a hybrid solution of partial reopening of schools and online learning as a practical solution to the crisis. Esper’s partnership with these non-profit organisations provides the much needed educational aids to make this possible.
“At Esper we are committed to partnering with global non-profits to bridge the digital divide in education. Millions of low income kids worldwide are unable to continue education due to COVID-related school closures. We are actively working with Android device makers, education content providers and non-profits to resume education for thousands of children worldwide,” said Shiv Sundar, COO Esper.
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Through Esper’s partnership with Teach For India and iTeach, more than 10,000 kids are learning from home and Esper is happy to be their device management partners and hope to scale.
The Teach For India Fellowship is an opportunity for India’s brightest youth from the nation’s best universities and workplaces, to serve as full-time teachers to children from low-income communities in under-resourced schools. Esper’s solutions for Teach For India include deploying compliance policies seamlessly using zero touch functionality, remote viewing the tablets for troubleshooting and streamlining the tablet’s functionality to only approved apps as well as preventing students from deleting them.
“In order to cope with the Pandemic and ensure that our students wouldn’t miss out or fall behind, we procured 10,000 devices with an aim to use them for blended learning once the schools resumed. We required an MDM partner that would help us to restrict usage to educational apps, track our devices and enable our teachers to monitor the students usage of the devices. Esper won us with their intuitive interface, ease of enrollment and their constant hands-on support. So far, we have successfully enrolled almost 7000 of our devices and deployed over 4500 devices to our students who needed the devices the most. Esper has allowed us to seamlessly enroll all devices throug