Technology And Funding Drives Childhood Education And Awareness In India

Avaya 2015 Global CSR reports highlights the impact of initiatives with NGOs to protect children against abuse and drive education through technology

In its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report, Avaya avayahighlighted the results of its engagement with India’s NGOs that are aimed at protecting children from child-labor and drive education through technology.

The report highlighted three key initiatives that included the following:

  • Partnership with Bal Raksha Bharat, a local subsidiary of Save the Children to support the Integrated Child Protective Scheme (ICPS), a regional government initiative that explores viable alternatives to exploitative labor for adolescents. By allocating special funds to this project, 80 villages will raise awareness of issues facing children, increase demand for child protection services and advocate for government protection of children who are at risk. Avaya continues to strive towards creating sustainable change in public attitudes towards child labor and trafficking.

  • Avaya also supported Pratham Mysore, a grassroots charity based in Mysore by providing vans for science camps to 25 schools, giving students interactive learning opportunities. Avaya’s support at Pratham Mysore brought additional education to more than 10,000 underprivileged children in 100 schools, which cover subjects such as language, literacy, mathematics and science.

  • Sponsorship of the Electro Technic Gallery: Avaya is sponsoring the Electro Technic Gallery, one of the longest running exhibits at the Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technology Museum (VITM) and providing a Mobile Science Exhibition bus that contains 24 exhibits and serves as a “museum on wheels.” The bus brings the exhibit to communities unable to visit the museum. Avaya also provided videoconferencing to facilitate effective communication between the mobile exhibit and VITM.

  • University Outreach Programme: a program led by the Avaya R&D team, and consisting of four key elements— Avaya curriculum, Technology exchange program for Faculty, Avaya Champs and Technology enablement for students. In December 2015, and through the Avaya University Outreach Programme, more than 70 graduating engineers attended the first elective course at the Cummins College of Engineering for Women, one of four colleges with which Avaya is collaborating on the programme. Avaya is working with four colleges in Pune – to help develop training in key technologies and help deliver the skilled workforce India requires.