Education for those who can’t afford it

Smile Foundation, India

Ericsson Peru Nauta School


To reduce the number of beneficiaries dropping out of education programs. This is often due to a lack of financial support, and means participants cannot pursue full time, formal education.


Ericsson collaborated with Smile to offer a four-month skills course, offering training in basic computing, personal development, retail and management skills, financial literacy, spoken and written English, and placement assistance.


45 STeP Centers have implemented Connect To Learn and have been established across Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata and Pune. The program has trained over 13,000 youths (with a 50/50 gender split), of which 5,500 have been placed in service, retail and BPO sectors.

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Ericsson expands the Connect to Learn initiative in India

Ericsson has expanded the Connect to Learn initiative in India. The company’s mobile broadband solutions now provide internet connectivity and access to a digital education program at 34 centers run by its partner Smile Foundation. The centers make it possible for underprivileged youth to develop skills such as English proficiency and computer literacy through the Smile Twin E-learning Programme, with the objective of helping them find jobs in the retail and service sectors.

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Active SDGs

Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals

The highlighted Sustainable Development Goals are included in the project.

“Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development for any country, and India is progressively moving towards a digital society. Thanks to Ericsson, more than 70 percent of the educational material is now digital and the Connect to Learn initiative has made these training modules interactive and engaging, which promote student interest and participation.”

- Santanu Mishra, Co-Founder and Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation