JSW Foundation receives the prestigious India CSR Award for its Project Kilbil for pre-primary education in Thane district

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NEW DELHI: JSW Foundation has been conferred with the prestigious Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award in India CSR Leadership Summit held at New Delhi on April 27, 2018.

The award was given away by Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Author, Thinker, Secretary General, Indian Steel Association and Former DG & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs and Rusen Kumar, Founder and Managing Editor of India CSR Network.

This award was given for JSW Foundation’s educational initiative “Kilbil” which in Marathi language means Chirping of birds, is an early childhood education project initiated by JSW in Shahapur block of Thane district in Maharashtra.

Started in 2013-14 in partnership between Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD) and JSW, the project is being implemented through the knowledge partner ‘Navnirmiti Eduquality’. The project reaches out to 551 anganwadis and through them over 13000 children in age group of 3 to 6 years.

Vidya Gorakshkar, CSR Manager, JSW Foundation mentioned that the project focused on strengthening of existing Anganwadi centres by strengthening capacities of Anganwadi worker through training on principles of participatory learning and teaching; Providing educational material and teaching aids to improve children’s basic reading and writing skills, numerical skills, reasoning skills, listening skills and Language development and Developing few AWC as model anganwadis from perspective of early childhood education. She further mentioned that the project has imparted over 7500 days training to ICDS staff on early childhood development which will keep benefitting the children in entire taluka in many more years in future.

Biswadeep Gupta, CEO JSW Foundation, who was much elated that JSW Foundation received this award mentioned that the Foundation is working across India around JSW Plants to transform lives of people residing our plants through initiatives in education, health, livelihoods, skills building, agriculture, water and environment along with sports and arts. In education arena we are working in early childhood education, strengthening the Primary & Secondary schooling in mainstream education and reaching out to special children through schools such as Tamanna. Moreover, we are working with youth who are out of formal schooling through our skill building initiatives, thus are covering the future generation education development in all age groups from children to youth.

Through Kilbil project, pedagogical skills to the Anganwadi workers and helpers were imparted so the children may be engaged efficiently and an exponential learning curve may be obtained. In order to assess project outcomes, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai was roped in who conducted a perception study wherein interviews were held with key stakeholders including, Anganwadi workers, supervisors, Extension officers, Project officer and the parents of children benefited.

This annual CSR forum provides a unique opportunity to the leaders and organizations with their operations in India, to talk and showcase the work being carried out in CSR domain and how it forms an integral part of the company’s contribution to society. The Summit​ is designed to celebrate five years of CSR Law of India and with the​ deep belief that business responsibility has immense potential to transform the society.

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