ABB India, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, is committed to sustainable and inclusive development of the community in and around our various facilities, education being one of the focal areas.
In order to support and build the community around the Nelamangala factory, ABB India Foundation recently signed an MoU with Sikshana Foundation to support the ‘Quality in Education’ program benefiting ~9,000 students belonging to the lower socio-economic strata, enrolled in close to 100 identified government Primary and Middle schools.
Sikshana Foundation aims to improve the quality of education in government schools through various programs that mentor, monitor, provide need-based resources and use technology to create interest in academics to develop an effective public education system in India. Peer coaching, workbook practices and continual monitoring and improvement by dedicated mentors form an integral part of the program.
Particular emphasis is given to training slow learners with focus on improving their cognitive, reading, writing and comprehension abilities. This has led to improvement in attendance and lower dropout rates.
Feedback received in the first phase of our project initiation has been extremely positive from teachers as well as students. The students have been enthusiastic about the group learning and leadership modules. Introduction of a reward system of ‘Stars’ for achieving academic milestones and for extracurricular activities has been a great motivator.
This program will also augment the Government’s efforts in adopting the concept of universal education – Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).