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Lenovo’s new venture on the brink of empowering students.

Bangalore, 21, December 2020 – Lenovo, the global technology leader has collaborated with Meghshala Trust, a not-for-profit,in order to promote education technology and to reinforce teacher training and value education systems across India. Just prior to COVID 19, Meghshala signed an MoU with the Department of Education Meghalaya to train 600 teachers from East Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills. 

Through the COVID 19 lockdown measures, Megshala conducted orientations for District functionaries to provide an overview of the app and the training. Even though the corona virus delibrated social distancing and lockdown measures , Meghshala has seen greater than 18,000 app downloads. The app has concept-based student models and curriculum-aligned, self-guided lessons which is giving students never like before experience . Apart from that, there are short professional development modules or courses for teachers, e-lessons by teachers for students’ use, and science experiments and math learning content available on the Meghshala’s YouTube channel. Studying statistics brings to surface that, Meghshala App usage has been recorded as 13,600 hours in total and 1,795,703 slides were browsed this year.

With Lenovo’s investment of US$80k, Meghshala implemented e-learning classrooms in Karnataka, Manipur, Sikkim, and Meghalaya. Today, Meghshala has reached 3333 schools in Manipur and Karnataka and boasts of 10,175 users 18,000 downloads on their free Meghshala app. Meghshala’s digitized content with e-lessons empowers teachers to be instructional leaders in the classroom reaching out to the distant and farthest communities in the Indian landscape. This partnership alone has proved beneficial for over 210,000 students and 7000 plus teachers across India.

Meghshala believes that teachers shape the future of their students each day. Their journey commenced with a team of educators and technology experts working to create impact at scale. In the year 2015-16, they initiated with 45 schools targeting about 100 teachers in Karnataka. In the recent year 2019-20, Meghshala has reached over 2500 schools and if each teacher teaches 30 students at least, the number of students it has impacted in Karnataka alone, is around 1,34,000. Over the last two years, Lenovo supported Meghshala by providing tablets and smartphones for both teacher’s training and student’s use, therefore helping reach more than 1,800 schools and 4,900 teachers in Karnataka and Manipur.

To enhance and delegate teachers, Lenovo supports Meghshala Trust in its vision of education for a convalescent world. They aim to focus on Teacher training and STEM-based education for children in classroom atmosphere. For the past some time they consistently have delivered NCERT aligned quality lessons to students in Science, Mathematics, English, EVS, and Social Studies across grades 1-8 with Hindi and English as the medium of instruction.  

“Lenovo has been our perfect partner. Whether it was in a rain-ravaged Coorg from last year or in the pristine, crystal-clear air of the state of Meghalaya, Lenovo has been on our side to help teachers with hardware or help our implementation associates get to the far corners of the states. They have been our ideating partners, our go-to friends, and our hardware expert advisors. We could not have done what we did without them”- Ms.Jyoti Thyagarajan  Founder & Executive Trustee, Meghshala  Trust.

“Smarter Technology for All’ forms the fabric of the Lenovo and Motorola business as well as our social outlook. This philosophy underpins our mission to empower diverse, underserved,and underprivileged populations by increasing access to STEM education to empowercommunities with technology & opportunity in which we operate to improve their way of living.We believe that one of the most efficient ways to transform the educational system is empowering teachers with the right skills and techniques. Hence, Lenovo has been working with a like-minded organization – Meghshala to empower teachers with training in right skills and techniques” – Mr. Rahul Agarwal – CEO and Managing Director, Lenovo India

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$50 billion Fortune Global 500 company, with 63,000 employees and operating in 180 markets around the world. Aiming  on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all,they  are developing world-changing technologies that create a more inclusive, trustworthy, and sustainable digital society. By designing, engineering, and developing  the world’s most complete portfolio of smart devices and competent  infrastructure, they are also leading an Intelligent Transformation – to create never like before experiences and avenues  for millions of customers around the world. To find out more visit https://www.lenovo.com/in

About Lenovo Foundation

Lenovo’s philanthropic arm, The Lenovo Foundation provides smarter technology for all by empowering under-represented populations with access to technology and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The Foundation accomplishes  its mission through strategic giving, employee engagement, and response during times of natural disaster.

About Meghshala

Meghshala is a Bangalore based social education startup. It is a non-profit trust based on a learning management system called CloudOn. The trust was founded by former physics and math teacher Jyoti Thyagaraja, tech-entrepreneur Sridhar Ranganathan,Manoj Kumar, N. Shivakumar and Harish Doraiswamy. Meghshala has its own android app platform and is planning a move to web-based platform management. Meghshala means “a magical place in the clouds” in Sanskrit, and today does all that we need from a educative platform. Meghshala (Hindi for ‘school on a cloud’) trains teachers in government schools across Bengaluru’s urban and rural areas to facilitate better learning and enhance classroom experiences through its teaching tools.