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Summer camps for 18,000 children in mineral-rich belts

In an attempt to hone the extra-curricular skill of school children in backward pockets, Tata steel has undertaken 45-day summer camps covering as many as 363 schools spread across three mineral-rich districts.  

Summer camps are being organised in partnership with ASPIRE, a Delhi-based NGO under Tata Steel’s Thousand Schools Project. The programme was launched yesterday at Daitari Primary School in Keonjhar district, said a company official.

The 45-day-long camps are being organised simultaneously in 363 schools in six blocks namely Danagadi and Sukinda in Jajpur, Harichandanpur and Joda in Keonjhar, and Koira and Kutra in Sundargarh districts of Odisha where the ‘Thousand Schools Project’ of Tata Steel is being implemented. Around 18,000 children have been enrolled for 507 such camps that will run till June 15, 2017, added the company official.

The initiative aims to engage children meaningfully and inculcate the habit of going to schools and learning, enhance involvement of the community in school governance and introduce Learning Enrichment Programme (LEP) - a component of Thousand Schools Project. The project is an important CSR intervention of Tata Steel in education sector of Odisha. In the camps the students are supposed to have activity-based teaching including singing, dancing, playing fun games with the help teaching learning materials. Dignitaries also distributed study materials to the students on the occasion.

Anand Sen, President, TQM and Steel Business, Tata Steel formally launched the camps in presence of Sunita Pradhan, Samiti Sabhya, Daitari, Krushnapriya Ojha, Principal, Daitari Primary School, R.R. Satpathy, General Manager, Operations, Ferro Alloys and Minerals Division, Tata Steel, Biren Ramesh Bhuta, Chief, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Tata Steel and other dignitaries.

Addressing the children on the occasion, Sen said, “Summer camp gives opportunity to the children to learn while having fun. Urging the children to make best use of the time spent in camp. Tata Steel will keep taking many such initiatives in education sector”.

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