April 13, 2017

Students in remote South Odisha villages learn scientific concepts in stimulating environment

Tata Trusts flags off mobile science labs to make science exciting to curious young children as part of the School and Community Science Programme launched in South Odisha

  • Programme designed and executed in partnership with the Government of Odisha and Tata Consultancy Services
  • To equip schools in South Odisha with science and mathematics kits and consumables

Bhubaneswar: Tata Trusts today launched the ‘School and Community Science Programme (SCSP)’ under the ‘South Odisha Initiative’ – the flagship collaboration between the Government of Odisha, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Tata Trusts. The programme aims to help young students understand different scientific concepts in an engaging manner. The launch included the flagging off five Mobile Science Labs.

The programme was launched in the presence of Shri Aditya Prasad Padhi, Chief Secretary & Chief Development Commissioner Govt. of Odisha; Mrs. Ranjana Chopra, Commissioner-cum-Secretary to Government, Department of School & Mass Education, Govt. of Odisha; Dr. Pramod Kumar Meherda Commissioner-cum-Secretary to Government, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Odisha; Shri Anubhav Patnaik, Hon'ble MLA, Khandapada, Odisha; Shri D. K. Singh, Secretary Panchayati Raj Department; and Shri. Vir Vikram Yadav, Commissioner-cum-Secretary to Government, Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of Odisha.

As part of the programme, the mobile labs will visit around 250 elementary and secondary schools in Muniguda, Bissamcuttack, Thuamul Rampur, Lanjigarh and Korgarh blocks of South Odisha, equipping the targeted schools with science and mathematics kits and consumables. The initiative will train teachers on delivering quality pedagogy for experiential learning. These mobile labs look to prod, engage and transact with student’s core concepts of science through schools visits once a month. Each van is equipped with application, models, equipment, charts and books etc. to address the curricular needs of the upper primary and secondary school science curriculum.

Commenting on the launch of the programme, Ms. Amrita Patwardhan, Head – Education Portfolio, Tata Trusts, said, “Access to quality education is of paramount importance to the nation. Through this programme, Tata Trusts aims to make science available, accessible, and exciting to the curious young minds in remote areas of South Odisha. With a focus on making learning inclusive, and providing fodder to curious minds, the programme will enable students to have a better understanding of complex scientific topics.”

While Tata Trusts will be supporting the programme by bringing in sector expertise through relevant human resources after having worked in this field extensively, the logistical support is being provided by TCS.

Ms. Priya Siqueira Mahapatra, General Manager, CSR, Tata Consultancy Services, said, “As a part of our CSR focus on education of the marginalized sections, TCS is happy to support the Government of Odisha in providing children in remote tribal areas of the state the opportunity of quality science and math education and a stimulating learning environment. We hope that this would encourage more students living in remote parts of the country to develop a scientific temperament and contribute to the progress of the nation”

The ‘School and Community Science Programme’ is a part of Tata Trusts’ Education portfolio which focusses on the education of children in the age group of 3-18, working with government schools to improve learning levels and community involvement, building teachers’ capacity to enhance the quality of classroom instruction, tribal education, women’s literacy and improved access to education for minority communities, through their thematic and regional initiatives.

Under the South Odisha Initiative, a multi-thematic intervention, Tata Trusts is working in five backward blocks of Kalahandi, Rayagada and Kandhamal districts in sectors such as education, health, livelihood, and sanitation etc. Tata Trusts operates in a ‘life cycle approach’ by improving functioning of elementary schools, learning levels in children aged 6 to 11, improving school readiness and facilitating socio-emotional and cognitive development in preschoolers (three to six years) in Anganwadis, and technology-enabled learning to adolescents in Ashram schools. Currently more than 20,000 children in 197 schools, 134 Anganwadis are reached through this intervention titled ‘Elementary Education in South Odisha’.

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