Children International and Guru Krupa Foundation Work to Close the Education Gap for Schoolchildren in India

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (December 2, 2021): In partnership with the Guru Krupa Foundation, Children International is helping bridge the education gap that the coronavirus pandemic has worsened for many preschool, primary and high secondary students in Delhi, India. An investment from Guru Krupa Foundation entirely funded Children International’s Early Childhood Care & Development (ECCD) and Learning Resource Centers & Tutoring (LRCT) programs in 2021, both of which are being delivered virtually or by phone for families who do not have devices.

About 248 million students have been hit by school closures since March last year, according to an UNESCO report. India’s pandemic-caused school shutdowns have lasted more than a year, one of the longest in the world. The prolonged school closures, as well as children’s lack of access to technology, have resulted in learning losses and increased drop-out rates, impacting the most vulnerable students disproportionately.

Children International’s programs are very important because they play a vital role in the continuity of education among marginalized children. They not only help the children but also the parents to understand the importance of education,” says Chanchal, Children International-Delhi education coordinator. “The children and their parents have been able to see progress this year, even as schools remain closed.”

In addition to the implementation of the two programs, Guru Krupa Foundation’s investment also provides the following:

  • Monthly educational sessions for caregivers on child development.
  • Monthly nutrition support, stationery kit and data plans.

“We recognize the important work that Children International is doing in helping children from impoverished families,” says Mukund Padmanabhan, president of Guru Krupa Foundation. “The Early Childhood Care & Development and Learning Resource Centers that Children International runs in Delhi strengthen the educational qualifications of children ranging from toddlers to teens, and improve the chances of their breaking out of the cycle of poverty. We are happy to be able to provide support for this important project.”

Who is Children International?

Children International, based in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, is a global nonprofit humanitarian organization working to help end the cycle of generational poverty. Through a long-term, customized approach, Children International supports children and youth for the first two decades of their lives, providing access to information and inspiration in the areas of health, education, empowerment through life skills, and employment. When equipped to transform their own lives, young people also transform their families and communities, and, as a result, multiply good in the world. For more information, go to www.children.org.

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