Toyota Kirloskar Motor steers access to quality education by reconstructing schools in Mysore
February 28th 2018, Mysore – Aligned with its corporate values of enriching the communities, Toyota Kirloskar Motor [TKM] undertook the reconstruction of two Government schools in Yandahalli & Kupya villages in Mysore District aimed towards promoting access to quality education. The newly reconstructed schools are expected to benefit over 250 students with necessary facilities to create a favorable and safer environment for the schoolchildren and ensure improvement in the standard of education.
The schoolswere inaugurated by Shree. R. Dhruva Narayana, Member of Parliament,Chamarajanagara Constituency, Dr. Yathindra Siddaramaiah, Ms. S. Mamatha,Deputy Director of Public Instruction – Mysore and senior management executivefrom Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Mr. Shekar Viswanathan, Vice Chairman &Whole-time Director, Mr. R Vinay Kumar, Vice President in the presence of members from the local gram panchayat, school authorities and students.
Apart fromreconstructing the dilapidated school structures, Toyota Kirloskar Motor hasextended its support by providing basic amenities such as desks, benches,cupboards, chairs and tables. Separate toilets for boys and girls including anincinerator for girls are also built keeping in mind the health and hygiene ofthe students. The up-gradation work also includes a teacher’s room along withnecessary modern amenities in the school premises.
AcknowledgingToyota’s unstinted efforts in realizing the right to education, Ms. S. Mamatha,Deputy Director of Public Instruction [Mysore] said, “Lack of infrastructure remainsone of the single biggest causes for school dropouts in our state, and what weneed today are tangible solutions to retain students in Government schools. Itake this opportunity to thank Toyota Kirloskar Motor for their efforts to bringabout a progressive and sustainable transformation in the society throughquality academic development. It is time, we all reboot the India educationsystem through such sustainable projects jointly by the government, industryand academia.”
Speakingon the occasion, Mr. Shekar Viswanathan, Vice Chairman & Whole-timeDirector - Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “According to recent reports released by the Ministry ofHuman Resource Development (MHRD), over 60 million children are deprived ofeducation [includes school dropouts] in India*. This is a huge number andcorrective measures need to be implemented sooner. Adequate infrastructure andamenities in schools have a direct impact on students and teachers, and a badlymaintained school environment detrimentally affects the overall learningexperience.
At Toyota,our emphasis is on providing opportunities for a child’s development to reachtheir full potential. We constantly evaluate to understand the underlyingcauses of school dropouts and consequently work to address such concerns. Overthe years, we have established many projects across Karnataka that has helpedin the development of children by providing them a conducive environment tocontinue their education. We hope these newly reconstructed schools will maketheir school-going experience more enriching and maximize the educationalvalues amongst the children, which will further help in the socio-economicgrowth of the society,” he added.
ToyotaKirloskar Motor over the years has initiated several projects to accelerateaccess to quality education in the country. The company has reconstructed manygovernment schools in Dyavalinganapalya and Thalaguppe villages of RamanagaraDistrict in May 2017, benefitting over 95 students covering 1st – 5th grades.They also constructed Ashrama School at Byramangala, LPS School at Medanahalli& Ashrama School at Hosadoddi. These projects have shown a positive impacton the school attendance ratio - with an increase from 28% to 36% inMedanahalli and 40% to 60% in Hosadoddi schools. In 2017, the companydistributed 74920 note books, 1200 nos. of bags, drawing books & crayonsand 2225 geometry boxes to over 12500 students across 172 schools. These contributionsof the company have led to a visible decrease in the school dropout rates, inBidadi region, from 0.8% in 2012 to 0.4% in 2016. Also these programs haveexpanded over a period, enhancing the beneficiary coverage to more than 9000school children during last academic year, as compared to 3000 children in2007.
Under theGovernment’s National Campaign to provide clean sanitation facilities for girlchild in India, Toyota has also pledged its support to ‘Swacch Bharat – SwacchVidyalaya’ – by constructing sanitation units at identified schools by theGovernment in 3 locations across India to help reduce school dropouts. Thecompany constructed 650 units of sanitation facilities in 206 governmentschools across India (of which 125 units are located in Varanasi, 426 units inRamanagara district in Karnataka and 125 units in Vaishali in Bihar).