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This picture taken on April 7, 2017 shows Dhvanit Pandya (R on the van), programme co-ordinator for Agariya Heet Rakshak Manch, and Pravin Parmar (L), facilitator of the 'Zero Connect' programme, setting up an Internet-connected van for a tent school workshop for a group of children of salt pan workers in the Little Rann of Kutch (LRK) region of Gujarat some 180km west of Ahmedabad. - The children of Indian salt pan workers, drawn from the Agariya community in Gujarat state, accompany their parents in the remote and arid Little Rann of Kutch (LRK) region for nearly eight months of the year during the salt farming season. The 'Zero Connect' initiative provides basic education for the children in a joint initiative by the Agaria Heet Rakshak Manch, Digital Empowerment Foundation, Internet Society and Wireless for Communities groups. The initiative runs mobile workshops for the children, providing online access and education materials. -- Sheltered beneath a canvas sheet to escape the blistering desert sun, miles from any roads or power lines, a group of Indian children huddle around a digital tablet and experience the internet for the very first time. The remote wi-fi connection is powered by a van bringing the digital world to around 10,000 families living on the inhospitable salt flats of western Gujarat, where they work eight months a year in extreme conditions. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY India-education-NGO (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY/AFP via Getty Images)
This picture taken on April 7, 2017 shows Dhvanit Pandya (R on the van), programme co-ordinator for Agariya Heet Rakshak Manch, and Pravin Parmar (L), facilitator of the 'Zero Connect' programme, setting up an Internet-connected van for a tent school workshop for a group of children of salt pan workers in the Little Rann of Kutch (LRK) region of Gujarat some 180km west of Ahmedabad. - The children of Indian salt pan workers, drawn from the Agariya community in Gujarat state, accompany their parents in the remote and arid Little Rann of Kutch (LRK) region for nearly eight months of the year during the salt farming season. The 'Zero Connect' initiative provides basic education for the children in a joint initiative by the Agaria Heet Rakshak Manch, Digital Empowerment Foundation, Internet Society and Wireless for Communities groups. The initiative runs mobile workshops for the children, providing online access and education materials. -- Sheltered beneath a canvas sheet to escape the blistering desert sun, miles from any roads or power lines, a group of Indian children huddle around a digital tablet and experience the internet for the very first time. The remote wi-fi connection is powered by a van bringing the digital world to around 10,000 families living on the inhospitable salt flats of western Gujarat, where they work eight months a year in extreme conditions. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY India-education-NGO (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY/AFP via Getty Images)
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