Nuvoco Vistas Corp, one of the India’s leading manufacturer and retailer of building materials has bagged the FICCI CSR Award 2018-19 in the Education category for their project ‘Shikshit Sunderhattu’ at the 18th edition of FICCI CSR Awards.
Speaking on the award, Joydeep Chatterjee, Chief of CSR & Corporate Affairs at Nuvoco, said, “We are humbled by this recognition of our efforts towards creating a better tomorrow for children of tribal communities in the rural areas. ‘Shikshit Sunderhattu’ project is an ambitious initiative to bring the tribal children into mainstream education. Our aim is to instill the importance of education, bring that change in mindset, so that the children are able think of a better future. FICCI CSR Award is an encouraging validation of how small but meaningful initiative can lead to significant transformation. I would like to congratulate the entire team of Nuvoco who have worked relentlessly towards this and we will continue to thrive for excellence.”
Nuvoco’s ‘Shikshit Sunderhattu’ project was initiated in 2014 under its CSR initiative ‘Sakshar Bharat’ in order to provide formal education, create education awareness and contribute to the tribal population’s development in Sunderhattu and Sarenbera villages near Nuvoco’s Jojobera cement plant in Jharkhand. Under this initiative, Nuvoco started Birsa Prathmik Vidyalaya to empower the tribal population by giving them access to education and enrolling them into mainstream education. Birsa Prathmik Vidyalaya currently educates 108 students from nursery to class III and has shaped lives of more than 500 tribal children. This has also resulted in improvement of their livelihoods, as children too were involved in rag-picking and other hazardous activities. This initiative is a success as Nuvoco has observed zero dropouts since the inception of Birsa Prathmik Vidyalaya.
Nuvoco is planing to replicate the project by developing model government schools at various locations. The success of ‘Shikshit Sunderhattu’ has motivated the organisation to expand the school till class V. The company is contributing towards education across various plants, through the development of smart classes, providing better infrastructure, learning essentials, setting libraries and computer labs among other utilities.
Under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, Nuvoco has been able to make a difference in the lives of over 198,000 people across 103 villages. Nuvoco’s ‘Shikshit Sunderhattu’ was introduced to empower the tribal community and improve the way of living. With a population of more than 10.2 crore, India has the single largest tribal population in the world which is lacking of education in tribal areas is a glaring issue.