Amazon will provide 20,000 digital devices to disadvantaged Indian students

Customers are encouraged to pay cash or donate old mobile phones, which will be repaired and offered to offer digital learning gadgets to about one million disadvantaged students.

E-commerce company Amazon India on Tuesday said it would provide 20,000 digital devices directly to empower students from disadvantaged communities for a brighter future.

The company aims to reach 1 lakh students across India by partnering with more than 150 large and small non-profit organizations under its ‘Delivering Smiles’ initiative.

“In partnership with more than 150 non-profit organizations, Amazon will provide 20,000 digital devices directly to disadvantaged youth, affecting more than 100,000 students across India. Out of these 150 organizations, 100 non-profit partners will be selected internally as part of Amazon’s volunteer program Amazon India said in a statement.

The company is inviting customers to contribute cash or donate their old mobile phones which will be renewed and distributed to provide digital learning devices to around one lakh disadvantaged students.

Amazon India Vice President Manish Tiwari says the COVID-19 epidemic has centered the entire digital divide not only on education but also on access to essential services.

“The most adversely affected are young people from marginalized communities. Together with our customers, employees and partners, we aim to bridge the gap by enabling young people with continued digital access to online education and essential services for their families.” Tiwari said.

He said Amazon is committed to investing in the country’s future.

“We are aware that while talent and passion are spreading among all young people, there is no chance. It recently led us to launch our global signature computer science education initiative, Amazon Future Engineer, in India aimed at enabling access to quality computers. Science education and career opportunities for disadvantaged students.” Mr. Tiwari said.


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