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Here's How Two City Students' Initiative Is Helping Visually Impaired And Underprivileged Pupils Attain Education

Aaryan Choksi and Shllok Rawat, two students, talk to Mumbai Live about their initiative, EducationEasy that creates audiobooks and presentations for NGOs and schools to help teach the visually impaired and the underprivileged students.

Here's How Two City Students' Initiative Is Helping Visually Impaired And Underprivileged Pupils Attain Education
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An ingenious initiative called EducationEasy creates resources like audiobooks and presentations for NGOs and schools to help teach the visually impaired as well as the underprivileged students.

With the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, many NGOs and schools faced challenges to continue imparting lessons. This was either due to the lack of resources or parents pulling out their children owing to the arduous circumstances.

Taking cognizance of the milieu, 14-year-old Aaryan Choksi along with his friend Shllok Rawat decided to record audiobooks, sessions, presentations, etc. for the needy.

Aaryan Choksi whilst interacting with Mumbai Live said, “During the pandemic, we realized that many people are losing their jobs, thus were pulling their children out of school. This led to extensive research on education and the realization that education-based NGOs were not receiving enough funding and essential resources to further combat this issue. They were having trouble teaching underprivileged students, due to the lack of necessary resources that online work can't provide. We realized that this could lead to becoming a big problem, and thought of a feasible solution for the same.”

Shllok Rawat added, “We thought if we could make a platform where volunteers could meet up with NGOs, we would be able to ease their work. We realized that since students are partaking in online schooling, there is free time on hand. This leads us to believe that there are a lot of students who are eager to make a change to society and as a form to give back we created our project EducationEasy.”

A few weeks into this drive they have created 100 audiobooks. Choksi said, “To ensure that we could make maximum audiobooks, we gave out the audiobooks to our helpful volunteers, and they helped us achieve such a big number. We have made a Google Drive available to anyone wishing to download it, with all the audiobooks. Our NGOs have access to this drive and they upload tasks or projects which are completed by the volunteers.”

These audiobooks are currently being distributed among organizations like Ekta Foundation, Giftabled and Victoria Memorial School for the visually impaired.

A variety of subjects are covered in these audiobooks that include Maths, English, Science and other topics like Etiquette, Covid responsibility, how to make basic foods and other topics, provided by the NGOs.

On being asked how they feel about their material helping those in need Rawat elaborated, “We are honoured to give back to our community. Seeing our work make a difference in other people's lives is truly inspiring and I hope others will also band together to help us make a difference.”

Choksi further elaborated, “The 100 audiobooks were only the first milestone, we are aiming to create a library with many different resources. We envision creating a platform with many different projects that can be used by all.”

Once things normalise, they hope to visit the NGOs they work with and have a session with the students. 

Those who are interested in this initiative can help by visiting their website.

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