Toyota Kirloskar Motor(TKM) has extended its support to the local community in Bidadi in Karnataka by distributing books and bags to 11,000 school children across 180 schools. This occasion marked the 13th year of Toyota’s ongoing efforts to support the local community and promote education at all grass root level.
Naveen Soni, Vice President, TKM handed over the books and bags to the local school children. According to a recent study conducted by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan among the schools in Karnataka, it was found that over 9,012 children (between the age group of 7-13 yrs) are out of school as of 2016. Of these, over 60 per cent are girl children. This initiative is undertaken by TKM to reduce the pressure of academic expenses on the parents, from economically weaker sections of the society.
“With this initiative we wish to continue and refurbish our ongoing efforts in contributing to the local community of Bidadi. We started this initiative back in 2003 to contribute in a meaningful manner and today we have managed to reach out to10,000 school children in 180 schools in Ramanagara Taluk,” Soni said.
“It’s been 13 years since we set out to create a positive impact for education in the local community.We firmly believe in working towards improving the overall quality of education and this should begin at the grassroots level,” added Soni.
Under its CSR activities, TKM has initiated many local community development activities with its focus on education. It has reconstructed Ashrama School at Byramangala, LPS school at Medanahalli and one more school is under construction at Hosadoddi. Last academic year, 45000 notebooks and 1000 bags were distributed to more than 9500 school children of identified 134 schools in Ramanagara Taluk. In addition, TKM also distributed school shoes & socks to 1000 school children.
This continued contribution from TKM has led to a visible decrease in the school dropout rates, in Ramanagara, from 65 per cent in 2007 to 15 per cent in 2014. The program which covered around 3000 school children in 2007 has reached 9000 during the last academic year.
Under the Government’s National Campaign to provide clean sanitation facilities for girl child in India, TKM has pledged its support to ‘Swacch Bharat – Swachh Vidyalaya’ – by constructing sanitation units at identified schools by the Government in 3 locations across India to help reduce school dropouts.The company constructed 500 units of sanitation facilities of which 125 units are located in Varanasi, 250 units in Ramanagara district in Karnataka and 125 units in Vaishali in Bihar. With this drive, the company aims enhance sanitation facilities across schools in critical locations where the girl children are most affected.