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Students of 1000 Schools Project come together to build a sustainable future for Joda

Bhubaneswar , July 06, 2019

The 1000 Schools Project promoted by Tata Steel to improve the quality of education in Odisha has been moving from strength to strength since its inception two years ago. As of July 21, 2019, the initiative has widened its scope in line with Tata Steel’s Sustainability Commitment towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This will help us in our efforts towards realising SDGs 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and 13 (Climate Action).

The plantation drive will be conducted across all 153 schools in Joda Block, with the students being supported by school authorities and the community at large. Till date, approximately 5000 saplings of 35 different indigenous plants have already been planted across 91 schools. This has been made possible by the efforts of 1,619 students and 976 members of the community.

The 1000 Schools Project, implemented by Delhi-based NGO ASPIRE, is currently being run in six blocks (Joda, Harichandanpur, Danagadi, Sukinda, Koida and Kutra) under three districts (Keonjhar, Jajpur and Sundergarh) in Odisha.

The project is aimed at improving the quality of education in government schools as well as strengthening the school governance system. Joda has consistently faced problems of school dropouts stemming from issues of child labour. Some children are not enrolled in schools at all. With the inception of the 1000 Schools Project, a comprehensive approach towards improving elementary education system has now been initiated.

Initiatives such as summer camps to address learning gap, working towards strengthening governance against child labour and increasing access to the schooling system have benefited the children. The project has created not just a wave of revolution towards improving education but also prepared these children to become responsible citizens.

About Tata Steel
Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 33 million tonnes per annum (MnTPA). It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $22.67 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2019. In 2018, Tata Steel acquired Bhushan Steel Ltd (now renamed as Tata Steel BSL Ltd).

A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000.

Tata Steel retained the ‘Global Steel Industry Leader’ position in the DJSI 2018. 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 has won several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17, ‘GreenPro’ certification for products (Tata Pravesh Steel Doors, Tata Structura, Tata Pipes) by CII, Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) status (Tier 2) by the Directorate of International Customs (Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India), ‘Corporate Strategy Award’ by Mint (2018), Golden Peacock Award for Risk Management (2018) and Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2019) by CNBC TV18. The Company also received the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from Ethisphere Institute for the eight time (2019), Steel Sustainability Champion (2018) by the World Steel Association, Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards (2019), Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award by Institute of Directors (2018), ‘Best Companies To Work For’ recognition by Business Today, 'Asia's Best Integrated Report' award by the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (2017), among several others.

In 2018, the Company launched a corporate brand campaign #WeAlsoMakeTomorrow. www.wealsomaketomorrow.com

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