LOCATION: Village of Paushi, West Bengal, India | PROJECT LAUNCHED: 2013
- IEEE STEM (iSTEM) Club at New Jersey’s Bridgewater-Raritan High School
EPICS IN IEEE FUNDING: $6,500 USD
PROJECT OVERVIEW & UPDATES
Away from such flourishing technology centers as Bangalore and Delhi, much of India suffers from widespread digital illiteracy. Almost three-fourths of the nation’s population live in rural villages where some 30 percent of the inhabitants are impoverished. Moreover, the ability to read and write is less than 60 percent – and considerably lower among females.
Children in these communities have few books and other educational aids to help them master the school curriculum, and access to computers is very limited.
But since 2013, grants from EPICS in IEEE have helped a team of IEEE volunteers and the IEEE STEM (iSTEM) Club at New Jersey’s Bridgewater-Raritan High School start changing children’s lives in Paushi, a rural village several hours from Kolkata.
Their non-profit partner is Kreeya, a New Jersey-based organization that promotes literacy in Indian villages to help reduce poverty. (The word Kreeya is Hindi for “good works.”) Together, their goal is to help Paushi students prepare for India’s employment market by providing the tools to teach them both digital literacy and English.