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Amazon.in distributes laptops in government schools in Bhiwandi

Supports digital learning to empower students with access to quality education.

Mumbai, March 09, 2017: Amazon.in, under the aegis of its ‘Amazon Cares’ program distributed laptops to 25 government schools in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra to brighten the lives of the students through digital learning. In line with its vision of supporting the development of the local communities it operates in, one of the main pillars of the program is to promote education and facilitate quality learning amongst children in communities coming from low-income family backgrounds. Aligned with the Honourable Prime Minister’s ‘Digital India’ theme, Amazon.in is supporting digital learning in these schools to provide students with access to quality education.

Amazon distributed 25 laptops in the presence of Mr. Ganesh Mahtre, Tahsildar, Bhiwandi Taluka and Mr. Sanjay Jadhav, PA of Deputy Collector of Bhiwandi to help these government schools leverage interactive teaching methodology to engage with students better and help improve their overall learning experience. All government syllabi have been transferred to these laptops, allowing teachers to teach using projectors in an immersive and interesting manner.

Around Diwali last year, Amazon.in digitalized two government schools - New English School in Amane and Adarsh Vidya Mandir Secondary School in Kurund as part of its continuous efforts to provide access to digital learning to children in Maharashtra. The company distributed E-Prashala kits, 7 laptops and close to 100 Kindle devices in both the schools to provide students with access to quality education.

Sharing his views on this initiative, Mr. Dhananjay Ramaswamy, Director, Fulfilment Center Operations - East and West, Amazon India said, “Our CSR vision is to create opportunities and empower communities to transform lives. We aim to provide quality education and improve learning through the use of digital literacy tools to facilitate all-round development of students across all age groups. To provide access to quality digital learning to students in these government schools in Bhiwandi, we have distributed laptops to help them utilize interactive teaching methodology to engage with the students better.”

Amazon India started the ‘Amazon Cares - Community Engagement initiatives’ program with the vision of ‘Creating opportunities and transforming lives’. The programs are designed to impact and enhance the lives of the local community in the areas of education, livelihood, health and sanitation. The online marketplace uses its resources and infrastructure of innovation and technology to support India’s development.

Sharing his views on this initiative, Mr. Ganesh Mahtre, Tahsildar, Bhiwandi Taluka said, “The laptop distribution program conducted by Amazon Cares in collaboration with Indian Women & Children (IWC) Foundation will really create a positive change in the Zilla Parishad schools of Bhiwandi. 25 government schools across 25 clusters of Bhiwandi Taluka have been digitalized so far through this program. I am very happy and proud to be a part of this program. Thanks to Amazon Cares and IWC for digitizing these schools and creating a positive change in the life of students and teachers.”

Amazon.in strongly believes that the most radical & transformative inventions are often those that empower others to unleash their creativity and pursue their dreams and is of the opinion that awareness is at the core of development. The Amazon Cares program demonstrates the philosophy of being good neighbours through several such activities undertaken in areas where its employees and customers reside. The company imbibes this philosophy to empower and engage its employees, customers, sellers, local communities and other stakeholders in its contributions to create opportunities and transform lives.

About Amazon Cares
Amazon believes that the most radical & transformative inventions are often those that empower others to unleash their creativity and pursue their dreams. Amazon Cares demonstrates the philosophy of being ‘good neighbours’ through the activities undertaken in areas where our employees and customers live. The Company imbibes this philosophy to empower and engage its employees, customers, sellers, local communities and other stakeholders in its contributions to create opportunities and transform lives. Amazon Cares currently runs several programs such as Gift a Smile that is transforming & enabling new ways of giving and Amazon in the Community that is empowering local communities with tools & services that enable them to create opportunities for their growth.

About Amazon.in
The Amazon.in marketplace is operated by Amazon Seller Services Private Ltd, an affiliate of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN). Amazon.in seeks to build the most customer-centric online destination for customers to find and discover virtually anything they want to buy online by giving them more of what they want – vast selection, low prices, fast and reliable delivery, and a trusted and convenient experience; and provide sellers with a world-class e-commerce platform.

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Ashwini Samraj
Amazon
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