Tata Steel launches 'The Green School Project – Phase II' at Joda
Aimed at creating awareness and understanding about environmental issues in school campuses, Tata Steel today launched ‘The Green School Project – Phase II’ in association with ‘The Energy and Resources Institute’ (TERI) at Ore Mines and Quarries (OMQ) Division.
The project was launched at Valley Club, Joda by Mr Manish Mishra, General Manager (OMQ), Tata Steel in the presence of Mr Shirish Shekhar, Chief, Khondbond Projects, Tata Steel, Ms Neha, TERI and senior officials of Tata Steel and teachers and principals of participating schools.
The Green School Project aims to create awareness and sensitize students, teachers and community on issues related to environment for which TERI has been actively promoting environment awareness through classroom teaching and outdoor activities. The project focusses on empowering the next generation through distinct pedagogy, green curricula and project-based learning.
While, Phase I of the project was implemented in 10 schools located in operational areas of Tata Steel, Phase II is being extended to 30 schools spread across Tata Steel operational areas in the eastern states of Jharkhand and Odisha including West Bokaro, Jharia, Joda, Jajpur, Noamundi and Sukinda.
Expressing happiness over the successful implementation of the first phase of ‘The Green School Project’, Mr Mishra said: “We all have a role towards creating a sustainable future. Students are the best change agents in the journey towards addressing the challenges of climate change. I congratulate all the teachers, students, team from Tata Steel, TERI and media who played very positive role in propagating the message.”
The project will encompass year-round activities related to environment in schools for 15 months where ‘Whole school’ approach is being adopted with emphasis on students of Class 6 to 8 in the formal schools for capacity building initiatives.
More than 300 school students along with teachers from 5 schools and 2 Residential Bridge Course Centres from in and around Joda and Khondbond participated in the event. During the event, the participants of Phase I shared their experiences and learnings, post which winners of Phase I were felicitated by the Chief Guest.
After the inaugural ceremony, a need assessment survey for the students and a training workshop on innovative teaching tools was organized for the teachers of various schools. The educators were provided with Teacher’s manual on lesson plans developed based on gaps identified in the Geography and Science textbooks from Class VI to Class VIII of CBSE, ISCE and Odisha Board.
About Tata Steel
Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 27 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) as on March 31, 2018. It is the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $20.41 billion (INR 133,016 crore) in FY18. Tata Steel Group is spread across five continents with an employee base of nearly 74,000. Tata Steel retained Industry Leader position in FY18 and ranked second overall in the DJSI assessment, 2017. The Company has been recognised as the Climate Disclosure Leader in ‘Steel category’ by CDP (2017). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel was felicitated with several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2014-15 and 2015-16, Best Risk Management by CNBC TV18 (2018) and ‘Corrporate Strategy Award’ by Mint (2018). The Company also received the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from Ethisphere Institute for the sixth time (2018), Steel Sustainability Champions (2017) by the World Steel Association, Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards (2017 & 2018), Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award by Institute of Directors (2017) as well as 'Asia's Best Integrated Report' award by the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (2017), among several others.
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