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22 Jan 2020 -Mundra & Ahmedabad Tata Power promotes integrated education through ‘Shiksha Saarthi’ program in Mundra & Mandvi in Gujarat

Tata Power, through its subsidiary Coastal Gujarat Private Limited (CGPL), has over the years, supported various interventions and programs that has had a profound impact on the learning levels in the communities of Mundra and Mandvi. In a country which focuses on learning by rote, CGPL made learning more interactive and engaging by building the Science Program under its education program, ‘Shiksha Saarthi’. In the Year 2018-19, this  program has by far directly benefitted over 7164 students from 30 schools in 19 villages.

The main objective behind this program was to bridge the learning gap amongst children. Under this program, it provided a platform for them to learn by doing experiments on their own, handle various kinds of apparatuses and tools and explore the natural environment. This was implemented by fostering an environment of learning-by-doing which helped to develop the curiosity amongst children about scientific concepts., A Science Centre with all Science models and equipment has been established, which is creating awareness on scientific concepts. Functions on Various Day of significance has also been observed to increase the awareness among the children. The Science fairs are the important aspects under this program which is benefiting the students very much. To reinforce the interest in Science among the Students Mega Science fair has also been organised which involved the students from 10 villages numbering 450  . The impacts of these programs are multifaceted like, it has  Increased the student attendance and engagement in studies, especially in science, Increased practical knowledge and self-confidence in students through participation in    demonstrative science fairs, Increased overall learning levels in science by 12.5%, the vocabulary and reasoning power has increased from 39% to 68%, the Tool Handling Skills and Drawing Conclusion Skills has also increased in the year 2018-2019 which has been observed in  baseline assessment viz. a viz. comparison with end line assessment,. It is also to be noted that to assess the progress in learning achievements  through  different interventions under Shuksha Saarthi Program,  Baseline, Midline and End line assessments were conducted periodically  in all 30 targeted schools in Mandvi and Mundra

Sharing his thoughts on Shiksha Saarthi, Mr. Vijay Namjoshi, CEO, CGPL, said, “At Tata Power, our efforts have always been towards increasing literacy levels in the communities around us. We are thrilled to know that through our science-focused programs, there has been a shift in the right direction, with a 12.5% increase in learning levels which has been validated through Baseline, Midline and End line assessments conducted during the year 2018-19 in all the 30 schools . These workshops and programs have been received with an overwhelming enthusiasm among the children and the community at large. With the help of the local government bodies, we hope to create a model which can further be replicated to other schools.”

In order to encourage communities to admit their children to schools, the Shiksha Sarthi program conducted awareness program on the importance of education through street campaigns and different communication material. This program has also been instrumental in helping increase the teaching capacity of teachers and other stakeholders through various interventions.

About Tata Power:

Tata Power is India’s largest integrated power company and, together with its subsidiaries & jointly controlled entities, has an installed capacity of 10,763 MW. A pioneer in the field, it has a presence across the entire power value chain: Generation of renewable as well as conventional power including hydro and thermal energy; transmission & distribution, trading and coal & freight logistics. With renewable energy assets in solar and wind accounting for 30% of the company's portfolio, Tata Power is a leader in clean energy generation. In line with the company's view on sustainable and clean energy development, Tata Power is steering the transformation of utilities to integrated solutions by looking at new business growth in EV charging & storage, distributed generation & rooftops, microgrids and home automation & smart meters. It has successful public-private partnerships in generation, transmission & distribution in India namely: ‘Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd.’ with Delhi Vidyut Board for distribution in North Delhi; 'Tata Power Ajmer Distribution Ltd.' with Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd. for distribution in Ajmer; 'Powerlinks Transmission Ltd.' with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. for evacuation of Power from Tala hydro plant in Bhutan to Delhi; 'Maithon Power Ltd.' with Damodar Valley Corporation for a 1050 MW Mega Power Project at Jharkhand. Tata Power is serving more than 2.6 million distribution consumers in India and has developed the country’s first 4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project at Mundra (Gujarat) based on super-critical technology.

With growing international focus, Tata Power's global presence includes strategic investments in Indonesia through a 30% stake in the coal company PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC); 26% stake in mines at PT Baramulti Suksessarana Tbk (BSSR); in Singapore through Trust Energy Resources; in South Africa through a joint venture called ‘Cennergi’ to develop projects in sub-Sahara Africa; in Zambia through a 50:50 joint venture with ZESCO for 120 MW Hydro project; in Georgia through AGL which is a joint venture with Clean Energy, Norway & IFC for development of 187 MW hydro project; in Bhutan through a hydro project in partnership with The Royal Government of Bhutan.

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