AT&T Supports Parikrma Humanity Foundation to Improve Quality of Education in India

AT&T has announced a contribution of US$25,000 (INR12,43,250) to
Parikrma Humanity Foundation (Parikrma) to help provide high quality
education to under-served children in India.

Founded
in 2003, Parikrma is dedicated to improving the lives of under-served
children in urban India by providing top-class English education,
nutrition (three meals a day), comprehensive health care and family
care. Parikrma has set up four Centres for Learning in Bangalore that
provides the program to 1,116 children coming from 28 slum communities
and six orphanages. AT&T’s contribution will be used to support the
salaries, benefits and training of ten teachers across these centres.
The training program for the teachers aims to enhance teaching and
other classroom management skills that will help children compete
equally because they will receive a better education.

"AT&T
is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and
improving lives," said Gopi Gopinath, chairman and chief executive
officer of AT&T Global Network Services India. "Parikrma’s work
speaks for itself. As an organization, they have endeavoured to give
real opportunities to Indian children who cannot easily help
themselves. By supporting Parikrma in such a noble cause, we are deeply
honored to contribute to the Indian community and help underprivileged
children. AT&T India employees and their families are devoting
every alternate weekend a month to engaging the children in different
activities like sports, cultural initiatives, excursion trips, and
other educational interactions. The personal satisfaction and
enrichment that the employees and their families are gaining through
these volunteer undertakings is invaluable.”

“At
Parikrma we take a child at five in kindergarten and go all the way
through school, pre-university and college till the child gets a job.
Only that way can we ensure all our efforts are successful. By
supporting us for a second year, AT&T recognizes that sustained
support is needed for long-term change. This grant will allow us to
continue to invest in our teachers and raise their level of excellence,
thereby ensuring that our children have the best possible education,”
said Shukla Bose, Founder-CEO of Parikrma.*AT&T products and
services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of
AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

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