Muskaan Dreams, a youth-driven Non-profit social start-up has received Funding of 15 Million (INR 1.5 Cr) from Hindustan Zinc Limited (part of Vedanta Group), India’s only and world’s leading integrated producer of Zinc-Lead-Silver for transforming 100 rural schools into digital learning spaces. Muskaan Dreams was started in 2014 by Social Entrepreneur Abhishek Dubey and is currently operating in 3 cities of MP namely Gwalior, Bhopal & Indore.
Muskaan Dreams aims to transform 100 rural government schools in MP through E-learning classrooms for the students with this amount. This initiative will help students in better understanding of subjects specially Math, Science and English with the help of audiovisual content and internet support. This will create a significant impact on 15000 rural students, 300 Teachers and 100 villages across Madhya Pradesh.
Rural Education in India is lacking due to insufficient teachers in government schools. Basis, a few reports and surveys government schools, are urgently in need of 1 million teachers specially for Math and Science. Government schools are drastically failing due to lack of trained teachers, infrastructure support, and electricity challenges. Muskaan Dreams is trying to solve the problem of insufficient teachers in schools through self-learning (E-learning) classroom for the students.
Talking about the initiative Mr. Sunil Duggal, CEO of HZL said, “Hindustan Zinc has a strong focus towards uplifting the communities. A school is the cornerstone in any student’s life to cultivate healthy thought process and groom intellectual abilities. With an objective to provide quality education, this initiative is a platform to empower rural students to pursue their dream and further contribute in nation building.”
Talking about the support Abhishek Dubey, Founder & CEO and Rishi Raj (Program Director) Muskaan Dreams said, “We would like to thank Hindustan Zinc Limited, CEO Mr. Sunil Duggal and Neelima Khetan (Head CSR, Vedanta) for this great stride taken for a better India as it will help Muskaan Dreams to take the initiative to the next level. We always wanted to support and dedicate our life serving the children from rural areas from a very early age. I believe that education in the rural segment should be promoted as it has a more significant role to play in the growth of the country.”
Talking about the initiative, Neelima Khetan (Head CSR, HZL and Vedanta) said that “Hindustan Zinc and Vedanta are committed to giving back to society, and helping each person realise their full potential. And as Nelson Mandela said ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’, we too believe that access to good education can be the fulcrum to change the world. We see a lot of hope in organizations like Muskaan Dreams, set up by young and passionate people, and wish them the very best in this endeavor.” Muskaan Dreams is trying to solve the problem of insufficient teachers in rural government schools through E-learning classroom for the students, so that students can easily learn anything related to their subjects through E-learning content and Virtual classroom through the Internet.
About Muskaan Dreams Foundation
Muskaan Dreams is a youth-driven Non-Profit organization with a vision To enhance the quality of education in rural schools through Information & communication technology. It Started its journey in 2014, Muskaan Dreams reaches out to over 5000 students in Rural India through different initiatives. It is trying to solve the problem of insufficient teachers in rural government schools through E-learning (self learning) classroom for the students, so that students can easily learn anything related to their subjects through E-learning content and Virtual classroom through the Internet, after transformation Muskaan Dreams ensure teachers & students training program to make sure impact. Instead of using projector we are using LED screens in order to make sure sustainability and easy usable model for students.
Muskaan Dreams has won 7 youth-driven organization award recognized by different organizations, government, politicians & institutions.
About Hindustan Zinc
Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group Company, is India’s only and one of the world’s largest integrated producers of Zinc, Lead and Silver. The Company has it’s headquarter in Udaipur in the State of Rajasthan where it has its Zinc-Lead mines and smelting complexes. Proudly recognized as ‘Zinc of India’, Hindustan Zinc has provided Zinc sufficiency to India and represents India in the global Zinc, Lead and Silver market. As a market leader, Hindustan Zinc governs about 85% of growing Zinc market in India and produces almost 100% of India’s integrated Silver.
Development of local communities has always been the prime focus of Hindustan Zinc. The objective is to build a life of dignity for the rural poor. The Company has always had strong focus on child care, rural women empowerment, agriculture & livestock development, education, training of rural youth for gainful employment, to name a few.