MUMBAI: IndiGo, India’s largest airline, inaugurated its school adoption programme in Vadodara of Gujarat under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. The airline has partnered with SRF Foundation to improve the quality of education in 15 government schools in the city, company said.
Education being one of the four focus areas of CSR initiatives undertaken at IndiGo, the airline has impacted the lives of more than 33,000 children since 2015.
“Through this programme, IndiGo aims to impact the lives of 20,000 students by adopting 60 schools across four cities – Indore, Dehradun, Vadodara and Greater Noida. The airline launched this initiative from Indore in September this year.”, statement said.
The program is aimed at holistic advancement of the adopted government schools through physical infrastructure development, academic transformation and access to digital technology. As part of infrastructural development, the schools have been repainted, repaired and re-constructed with necessary school amenities such as drinking water facilities, toilet block, library, science lab and sports facilities like badminton court.
IndiGo has also introduced a modified computer lab – GetSmart Digital Mobile Bus – to ensure students’ exposure and effective interaction with technology on a rotational basis. IndiGo is also conducting teacher training programmes to ensure better delivery of education and conceptual learning for students.
Summi Sharma, Vice President, ifly – Corporate learning academy, who also leads CSR initiatives for IndiGo said, “We are grateful to have this opportunity to improvise education standards across 60 government schools in close collaboration with SRF Foundation. We believe good quality education is a must for the development of any town or a city. Through the School Adoption Program, our ambition is to elevate the education standard for about 20,000 children by the end of this year and we are proud to have started this programme from Indore and now bringing it to Vadodara”.
Sharma further added, “As part of IndiGoReach team, I thank all our colleagues and partners who have worked relentlessly to make School Adoption Program go live”.
The ceremony was held at the Government Primary School, Harni, Vadodara (Harni Primary School). The event witnessed the presence of government dignitaries including Shalini Agarwal, District Magistrate, Vadodara; Vibhaben Patel, Chairperson, District Education Committee, Vadodara; Dr. M. N. Patel, District Primary Education Officer, Vadodara; Kalpnaben Patel, Corporator extended their best wishes for the School Adoption Program.
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