NEW DELHI: Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, has announced its plans to provide funding for education and support to rural girls in Uttar Pradesh (U.P.), India in partnership with Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES).
PPES, a non-profit organization operating schools for girls, is committed to changing the lives of thousands of girls, ages 4 to 18, in rural northern India. PPES runs self-developed local programs that help rural girls break out of the cycle of poverty, lack of access to education and low employment prospects.
By partnering together, Axalta and PPES will support young rural girls with education, educational materials, uniforms, and healthcare facilities throughout 2020.
“Axalta encourages the betterment of society and communities in which it operates, and we are particularly proud of our support for schools and initiatives that promote education across India,” said Lokender Pal Singh, Business Director, Refinish – South Asia, Axalta.
“PPES is one such initiative that benefits our society by supporting education and empowerment for young girls in India. Recipients will be able to focus on their education and develop into women who will be more likely to tap their potential and live more successful and prosperous lives.”, he said.
Many girls in rural U.P. never enroll in school, and those who do, drop out to get married or to work in fields. “We are extremely pleased and grateful to Axalta for extending their invaluable support for the education of these young girls. The association with companies like Axalta creates opportunities for these students to travel outside their villages, and even abroad for higher education,” said Renuka, CEO of PPES. “In the long run, it not only impacts education equality improvement and gender development but also creates a talent pipeline for the region and changes how people view their futures.”
The girls enrolled with PPES get a unique free “Educational Package” which includes items such as books, uniforms, three meals a day, transportation etc. In addition, they can become a member of the “Community Hygiene Complex” and have access to clean bathing and toilet facilities. In this way, the rural girls are supported to become literate, and encouraged to be aware of the significance of self-reliance.
As the name suggests, the Pardada Pardadi Educational Society, gives the warm vibes of the traditional Indian household.
Through the support, Axalta hopes the female students from rural areas can be kept away from some of the hinders that stop them from pursuing higher studies. As they grow, they get to pick up an assortment of professions in STEM or in another field.