Learning Infrastructure, Sanitation facilities being improved in 5 schools
Newai, February 23rd, 2018: India’s Science-based Ayurveda major Dabur India Ltd today announced the formal launch of its new Community Development initiative in Newai with the complete revamp of the infrastructure and sanitation facilities in a government school in the district. The revamped Government Senior Secondary School, Palai (Rajasthan), was handed over to the school authorities at special function organized within the school premises today.
This also marked the beginning of a new Community Development initiative for Dabur under which the Company has adopted five government schools in the region and will be completely upgrading the infrastructure in these schools. These include creation of new and separate sanitation facilities for both boys and girls, creation of drinking water facility, and overall upgrading of the school infrastructure with BaLA (Building as Learning Aid) paintings.
The revamped school was handed over to the school administration by Dabur India Ltd CSR Project Manager Mr. Sushil Kumar. The development work was carried out through Dabur’s CSR arm Jivanti Welfare & Charitable Trust and an independent development agency SURE (Society to Uplift Rural Economy).
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Sushil Kumar said: “The importance of education is undeniable for every individual. At Dabur, we believe that education is both the means to a better life and a key to ensure overall development of the society. In a bid to improve enrollment levels and reduce the dropout rates in rural and semi-urban schools, Dabur has taken up the onus of improving the infrastructure in schools and improving the learning experience for children in rural India, particularly in Rajasthan.”
Dabur has been working towards improving the lives of people in Rajasthan through a variety of community development initiatives around Environment Sustainability. “In the year 2016, we had successfully rolled out a mega Water Conservation project in Newai, which has not only helped improve the ground water levels in the region but also helped meet the potable water needs of the community members in the area. We have now extended the scope of our community development initiatives in Rajasthan to cover Education-related projects. With the completion of development work in this school, we will now be extending this to cover four other schools in the region,” Dabur India Ltd CSR Head Mr. A Sudhakar said.
Besides the Government school in Palai, the other four schools identified for revamp in Newai are Government Senior Secondary School, Chainpura/Maharajpura; Government Upper Primary School, Aliabad; Government Primary School, Jugalpura (Khurd); and Government Senior Secondary School, Khandewat. The revamp initiative in these schools would benefit a total of over 1,200 students. The school revamp was undertaken after detailed discussions with the school authorities and keeping their specific needs in mind.
“After a detailed survey of the region, these five schools were identified as the initial beneficiaries for our Education-led CSR interventions in Newai. After discussions with the school administration and local authorities, we commenced a host of development activities in this school, which includes revamping the classrooms, repair and refurbishment of the existing toilet blocks in the school, creation of new facilities for drinking water and dishwashing etc. Our intention is to develop and support these school as Model Schools for the region,” Mr. Sushil Kumar said.
The school building and classrooms have been completely revamped and messages related to Health, Hygiene and Education have also been painted on the walls under the Building as Learning Aid (BaLA) programme. Access to basic education is the most fundamental right of any child. But an equally important right is access to basic and hygienic sanitation facilities and a healthy learning environment in schools. Going forward, Dabur plans to roll out a host of development initiatives aimed at improving the livelihood of rural populace, particularly women and children, in the region.
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"What is that life worth which cannot bring comfort to others." These inspiring words from Dabur India Ltd Founder Dr. S. K. Burman have been the guiding light behind Dabur's social development initiatives. Dabur has been involved with community development work since 1994, endeavouring to bring about an enduring change in the lives of people and to create the right environment for driving the local economy. Through our Sanitation initiatives, Dabur has, over the past three years, helped construct nearly 3,000 household toilets and made 27 villages Open Defecation Free.
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