Recognised for its unique education-focused social responsibility strategies in Jharkhand
Ranchi, 22nd June: Tata Trusts’ Collectives for Integrated Livelihoods Initiative (CInI) bagged the Platinum Award for its tribal community focused educational initiatives at the Master Transformation Conference (MTC) hosted by FGnC Consulting.
The pandemic has been detrimental to the tribal students’ educational journey. Shutting of schools disconnected them from learning and with people outside of their communities. Being digitally deprived, most don't have access to devices or cellular networks, causing an undesirable gap in learning in the formative years. Tata Trusts’ CInI is cognizant of the effects lack of education could have on future opportunities and therefore, has undertaken activation and implementation of relevant initiatives to mitigate.
As part of the effort, CInI launched the following initiatives amongst others:
- Regional Volunteership Program to foster a local culture and ecosystem of learning
- Jhola Library, where books from public school libraries are delivered to village students by volunteers to ensure reading and connect with learning continues
- Access to digital lessons on YouTube facilitated to a small group of students by local leaders, volunteers through their phones*
*Keeping all the social distancing norms and safety measures in focus
Mr. Ganesh Neelam, Executive Director, CInI, on the award win said, “We are thankful to MTC for recognising our efforts along with the district education department, towards providing access to quality education to the children in government schools of Jharkhand. Our goal is to improve the learning levels of children along with the teachers and integrate effectively with the school management committees. We hope to foster an ecosystem where education can enable children to scale new heights and create a bright future for themselves and their communities.”
With the mobility limitations imposed by the pandemic and paucity of resources at disposal, CInI was still able to reach 50,888 students, 700+ volunteers and over 2000 teachers through an evidence-based solution approach to bridge the gap between tribal students and educational institutes.
Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI), Jamshedpur, established on May 17, 2007, is a nodal agency of the Trusts, anchoring the Central India Initiative. CInI aims to transform the lives of tribal households in the Central India tribal belt, through building knowledge and scaling up programmes in thematic areas of agricultural productivity stabilization, forest-based livelihoods, water resource development, drinking water and sanitation, microfinance and strengthening community-based organisations.