In 2012, TATA Steel collaborated with Kerala English Medium School in Jagannathpur to bring the tribal children of Noamundi adequate, quality education. The collaboration began with 27 children of the West Singhbhum district. Today, over 180 children are enrolled under this fund.
The school is well-equipped with a hostel, educational devices and wholesome development facilities. The TATA Fund takes care of the tuition fees, hostel fees and other miscellaneous expenses like stationery and school uniform.
Children like Laxmi, who is one of the tribal students of the first batch, are now in middle school. She speaks fluently in English and wishes to become a nurse to help her community. Laxmi is immensely thankful to TATA Steel Foundation for funding her education as well as children like her who never, in their dreams, imagined so.
Today, children from 36 different villages across India are enrolled in such schools. On being asked about the fund and collaboration, one of the Tata Steel Foundation officials said, "The sponsorship programme has provided a level playing field for the young generation and has cut through the economic and social barriers providing an opportunity to them for getting a quality education.”
Inequity in education is one of the major issues across the world. Programmes like these are certainly helping the cause one student at a time.
TATA’s education trust was set up by Jamsetji Tata (founder) in 1892. After more than a century, the organisation has spread its reaches to educate children of the underprivileged community all over the country.
“The Tata Trusts strive to provide ‘Authentic learning for all’ - high-quality, authentic, real-world, active learning experiences that mould productive and well-rounded 21st-century citizens, while working to ensure equitable access to these learning opportunities.” - Satyajit Salian, Head - Education, TATA Trust
(Source: Telegraph India)
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