Tata Steel strongly believes that education is a basic human right, vital to personal and societal development and well-being.
Education forms an important marker of human development and is one of the human development indices being used to assess the impact of interventions. Through its focussed interventions in education, Tata Steel emphasises to improve quality of education, particularly rural education as well as promotion of female education that would contribute to Millennium Development Goals.
Our initiatives in education, designed to address the lack of quality education, comprise a gamut of interventions for different age-groups, as illustrated below:
Key achievements in education:
- Mid-day meal programme, run in partnership with Government of Jharkhand and ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, is supplying mid-day meals to nearly 50,000 students across 387 government schools in East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan districts.
- With the objective to enhance the educational interests of the school drop-out girls residing in core tribal villages of East and West Singhbhum districts of Jharkhand, Tata Steel, in collaboration with Jharkhand Education Project, is running Camp School programme in two schools - one at Pipla in Jamshedpur block in East Singhbhum district and the other in Noamundi in Noamundi Block of West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. Girls in the 9-14 years age-group, who have never been enrolled in any school or are school drop-outs, are brought at the centre, where they undergo a nine month bridge course. As a result of the intervention, being run since 2005-06, so far nearly 1500 drop-out girls have been mainstreamed into formal education.
- Coaching programme for Class 8, 9 and 10 aims to prepare students for Class 10 examination. The primary aim of the programme is to strengthen the basic concepts of the students, guide them and improve their performance in subjects like English, Mathematics and Science. In FY 2013-14, more than 10,000 students of classes 8, 9 and 10, were provided pre-matric coaching.
- With an aim to provide literacy to rural women, Tata Steel, through its Adult Literacy Programme has provided literacy to more than 30,000 women. Being implemented since 2009, the programme has also helped build the self-esteem of illiterate rural women by successfully learning to write and read.
- The Sabars and Birhors (identified as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups) are economically backward communities, who depend on forest produce to eke out a living. Since 2012, Tata Steel is running Project Aakanksha for the development of children from these communities by facilitating their education in residential schools and taking care of all the expenses. In FY 2013-14, 197 children have been enrolled into different residential schools in Jharkhand.
- Recently, Tata Steel in association with Tata Interactive Systems (TIS) has introduced Tata ClassEdge, an interactive learning and teaching solution in few schools near Jamshedpur. It is a holistic classroom solution that not only makes the teaching process interactive by using visual means but also enables teachers to create question papers and analyse student performance.
As part of its community centric activities especially for the improvement of education in educationally backward areas closer to its operational location, Tata Steel Rural Development Society, Sukinda unit constructed two additional classrooms at Baragaji Primary School located under Ransol Gram Panchayat of Sukinda Block in Jajpur district.
As part of the endeavour, it also constructed the boundary wall of the school. About Rs 9 lakhs has been spent for the improvement of educational infrastructure at the school. Mr. Pankaj Kumar Satija, GM (O), FAMD,Tata Steel, graced the occasion as Chief Guest and inaugurated the building on 25th September 2014. Mr Jamadar Sandil, Unit Head,TSRDS, Sukinda co-ordinated the function. TSRDS also constructed a roof water harvesting project at the school at a cost of about Rs.1.5 lakh. The project aims to raise ground water level and recharge to the ground water of the area.
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) constructed boundary walls of Primary Schools located at Rogda and Ardapal under Sukinda block in Jajpur district. Mr. Pankaj Kumar Satija, GM (O) FAMD, inaugurated the newly constructed boundary walls on February 23, 2015.
Mr. Gourang Das, General Secretory, SCM Workers’ Union, Mr. Sahil Sood, Executive Assistant to GM, Mr. Jaspreet Singh, Asst. Manager (Admin), Mrs. Renuka Dehuri, Sarpanch, Chingudipal Gram Panchyat, villagers, school children and teachers were present on the occasion.
Mr. Bhagwat Dehuri, Head Master, Rogda Primary School and Mrs. Renuka Dehuri, Sarpanch, Chingudipal thanked Tata Steel for construction of boundary walls in both the schools.
On the same day, Mr. Satija also inaugurated the renovated Community Centre at Benagadia. He reassured the villagers that the new Community Centre would be able to serve the community better. Mr. M S Tiwari, Executive Engineer, TSRDS, Mr. P. K. Mansingh and Sukinda Team of TSRDS efficiently coordinated the programmes.