Kerala Kaumudi Online
Wednesday, 28 July 2021 12.04 AM IST

'Donate phones to needy school kids'; Mammootty's initiative a super hit


Superstar Mammootty began a new initiative by requesting all those who are having functional smart phones, tablets or a laptops, to donate, so as to give it to the needy children who do not have a smartphone to carry forward their studies online.

The actor has joined the Care and Share International Foundation, and along with others, is expecting to make this a huge success, which in turn will provide succour to those children who are unable to attend the online classes.

Mammootty has given a clarion call to all those who wish to donate, they can get in touch with 'Speed and Safe Courier' agency at their locality and deposit it with them.

A receipt will be given and no courier charges will be collected. It will then arrive at the office of the Foundation and they will do the needful by distributing it to the needy.

The online classes through the KITE-Victers channel of the state government began on June 1 and for three weeks it has been a trial run.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took the first lead by calling a meeting of telecom service providers to ensure that they handle the connectivity issues being faced in a few areas.

The telecom providers have assured Vijayan that they will chip in to help to install new towers at areas where connectivity is poor.

State Education Minister V. Sivankutty has said that in a preliminary study conducted soon after June 1, there were 49,000 students who did not have handheld devices or a TV to take part in the classes.

However, KITE Victers CEO Anvar Sadath said the survey to find out the number of children who do not have handheld devices or a TV to take part in the on-line classes is currently on and of the 4.2 million students, there is a possibility of around 10 to 15 per cent who might not have the facility.

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