Jammu, 14th March, 2023: Moving forward on its commitment to improve the quality of life of local communities, particularly children, India’s largest Science-based Ayurveda Company Dabur India Ltd today announced the expansion of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) drive in Jammu with the adoption of two new government schools in the city.
The first of these schools -- Government Middle School, Bari Shah Da Talab, Distt Samba – was revamped in partnership with Ennoble Social Innovation Foundation. The revamped school was handed over to the school authorities at a ceremony held today. The school revamp would benefit over 35 students studying in this school.
Dabur India Limited Head-Manufacturing Mr. Hrishikesh Ramani Inaugurated the revamped School and handed it over to the school authorities in the presence of ZEPO, Vijaypur Mr. Anil Kumar of Education Department, Dabur Jammu Plant Head Mr. Rakesh Kaul, Dabur Jammu Unit HR Head Mr. Sanjay Kumar Bhasin, Dabur India Ltd Sr. Joint Manager-CSR Mr. Sanjay Kumar Sah, Ennoble Founder & CEO Mr. Chirag Bhandari, School Management Committee members & Village Panchayat.
The development work was carried out by Dabur India Ltd’s CSR arm Jivanti Welfare & Charitable Trust and an independent Not-for-Profit organization Ennoble Social Innovation Foundation.
The transformation includes establishing separate sanitation facilities for boys and girls, creating safe drinking water facilities, and upgrading the school infrastructure with BaLA (Building as Learning Aid) painting. Students are provided with experiential education materials including Mini Science Lab equipment and Teaching Learning Materials for an engaging learning experience.
The school premises are now friendly for specially-abled students with the creation of ramps for Child with Special Needs (CwSN) toilet
Students are now seen enjoying the new playground and benefitting from an uninterrupted electricity supply with the newly installed inverter. Recycled Paver block has been used and compost bin has been set up to sensitise students on sustainability and inculcate a sense of responsibility towards environment.
The school, with its innovative elements and vibrant building, is now comparable with any private school. The entire community, including the school authorities, are delighted with the transformation and there is an increased interest amongst the community to enroll their kids in this school. “I am delighted at the expansion of our CSR initiatives in Jammu. Dabur is committed to sustainable well-being of people in our operational areas, and we believe that ensuring proper education for children is a priority endeavour. At Dabur, we have always supported the cause of promoting quality education and empowering individuals. This school support programme is an intrinsic part of our efforts to improve the overall learning environment in schools in Jammu, which we feel will go a long way in reducing school dropouts,” Dabur India Limited Head-Manufacturing Mr. Hrishikesh Ramani said.
“CSR may be a new term in the corporate lexicon, but it has a long tradition in Dabur. We have been constantly engaged in activities that create a sustainable impact. 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,” Mr. Hrishikesh Ramani added.
Mr Chirag Bhandari Founder Ennoble Social Innovation shared that “Ennoble envisions to make Govt Schools Lovable and No 1 choice of the community by revamping school infrastructure and creating conducive learning ecosystems. We are glad to have found a partner in Dabur who are focused on working at grassroot levels to improve the learning spaces under their CSR initiative," he further stated.
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 two schools were identified this year as the initial beneficiaries for our Education-led CSR interventions in Jammu. After discussions with the school administration and local authorities, we commenced a host of development activities in these schools. Our intention is to develop and support these schools as Model Schools for the region,” Mr. Ramani said.
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.
About Dabur’s CSR initiatives:
"What is that life worth which cannot bring comfort to others." These inspiring words from Dabur India Ltd Founder Dr. S. K. Burman has been the guiding light behind Dabur's social development initiatives. Dabur has been involved with community development work since 1994, endeavoring to bring about an enduring change in the lives of people and to create the right environment for driving the local economy. Through our School Support Programme, Dabur has, over the past five years, helped revamp nearly 100 government schools and make them better places for study.
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Head-Corporate Communications, Dabur India Ltd.