Tata Steel opens bridge course centre for school dropouts at Katepada village
Tata Steel opened yet another Non-Residential Bridge Course (NRBC) Center at Katepada village in Karanjia Panchayat, Jagannathpur Block in the West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand on May 5, 2017.
Ms Geeta Koda, MLA Jagannathpur graced the occasion as Chief Guest and inaugurated the Centre in the presence of Mr R P Mali, Chief Noamundi, Tata Steel, Mr K C Das, Head, Administration (OMQ),Tata Steel, Mr Allen Kim Joseph, Unit Head Tata Steel Rural Development Society, and Ms Manju Hessa, Village Head Katepada.
This is the fifth Centre inaugurated in Jagannathpur Block. Four NRBC Centres inaugurated earlier are at Patahatu, Amjora, Siyaljora and Kakuita villages. Tata Steel has partnered with ASPIRE, a Delhi based NGO working in the field of education to run this project. The objective of the NRBC Centre is to identify the school dropout children in the Blocks and mainstream them in the formal school system. This is done after addressing their learning gaps in a one year programme where they are taught at the Centre by the trained ASPIRE teachers. These Centres will serve as a bridging point between school and community for those children who are ‘out of school’ or involved in child labour.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Koda said: “This project will help the children to go to the mainstream of formal education and serve the community at large towards building a bright future. Most importantly, the parents and community have a vital role in driving this initiative.”
On a similar note, Mr Mali spoke about the responsibility of the parents in sending their children to school regularly so that they can achieve greater heights in their life and grow along with the family and community at large.
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Tata Steel Group stands among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 28 million tonnes per annum (MnTPA) and a turnover of US $17.69 billion in FY16. It is the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and commercial presence in over 50 countries. Established in 1907, the Group’s vision is to be the world steel industry benchmark in “Value Creation” and “Corporate Citizenship” through the excellence of its people, approach and overall conduct. Underpinning this vision is a performance culture committed to aspiration targets, safety and social responsibility, continuous improvement, openness and transparency. Having bagged the Deming Application Prize and Deming Grand Prize for continuous improvement in 2008 and 2012 respectively, Tata Steel has now been recognised as the global ‘Industry Leader’ in ‘Steel category’ by Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Besides being one of ‘worldsteel’s’ Climate Action members, it has also been awarded the CII ITC Sustainability Prize, the ‘Best-in-class Manufacturing’ by TIME Award, the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant, among several others.
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