Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) has launched a new CSR initiative – the HGS Comprehensive School Improvement Programme (CSIP), which aims to promote quality and holistic education for underprivileged children in Mumbai and Pune. HGS has tied up with Plan India, a nationally registered not-for-profit organization striving to advance children’s rights and equality for girls to create six “Model Schools” and provide all-round development opportunities for the children studying in these government schools.
HGS’ CSIP is a three-year project that is expected to help develop adequate school infrastructure to ensure that 5,000 children have a “joyful learning environment” within the school premises and support at least 1,000 children with learning difficulties to achieve age appropriate learning level through remedial education. The programme also aims to educate and increase awareness amongst 20,000 parents about Right to Education to ensure that they actively engage for development of their children.
Speaking about the programme, Srinivas Palakodeti, Global CFO – HGS said, “India has been witnessing a significant rise in drop outs and absenteeism amongst underprivileged children in schools owing to lack of adequate amenities and proper infrastructure. Through this programme, we aim to help these schools to improve their infrastructure to ensure that holistic education opportunities are offered to all.”
HGS, along with Plan India, will upgrade and build science laboratories in schools, improve classroom infrastructure by procuring adequate benches, desks, fans, and paint the walls, etc., renovate/upgrade WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) infrastructure for boys and girls in the schools along with BCC (Behavior Change and Communication) program, and promote changing rooms for girls and installation of incinerators. The team will also promote remedial education for children who lack age appropriate learning level, develop and upgrade child friendly library, support children to set their career goals and positive attitude, promote and strengthen Children Parliament (Bal-Panchayat) and School Management Committee (SMC).
Asif Mohammad, Director – Programme Implementation, Plan India said, “Education is the most powerful tool to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty. It helps to overcome inequalities, promote inclusive development, accelerate social transformation and fosters economic progress. Plan believes that this partnership will support in providing access to quality education and water and sanitation facilities for both boys and girls. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Hinduja Global Solutions for coming on board and supporting us in this endeavor.”