Benefactors donate $ 98 million to support underprivileged students
TEHRAN – People across the country have donated 4.1 trillion rials (about $ 98 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) to struggling students as part of a charity event before the next school year (from September 23).
Known as Jashn-e Atefeha (which literally means the feast of kindness), the event which solicits in-kind or cash contributions with reference to schools, mosques or online banking, has been running for 24 years by the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation.
The first phase of the event takes place in mosques one week before the start of the new school year (September 23), and the second phase of the event takes place in schools a week later, when students can grant their donations to students in need. .
Known as Jashn-e Atefeha (the festival of kindness), the event which solicits in-kind or cash contributions to support disadvantaged students. The event spreads the altruistic culture and promotes the Islamic tradition of helping others, thanks to which many financially struggling students have the opportunity to continue their education.
This year a total of 4.1 trillion rials (around $ 98 million) in cash and in-kind was donated, cash donations increased 90 percent from last year to around 360 billion rials (about $ 8.5 million), Alireza Asgarian, deputy head of the Relief Foundation said.
Non-cash donations in the form of stationery and other essentials were also provided to students, showing a 96% growth from last year, he added.
This edition of the event was held with the aim of providing equipment for online education and paying tuition fees due to the prevalence of the coronavirus pandemic and changes in the education system.
All educational centers in Iran were closed from the end of February 2020, due to the coronavirus epidemic.
To keep students in touch with their studies, the Department of Education on April 9 launched a home mobile app, called SHAD, offering students distance learning programs.
In addition, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) also started broadcasting educational television programs on a daily basis after the schools were closed.
This year, schools reopened with a one month delay under health protocols, but education is being followed in three forms: in person, virtual and on television.
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