April 21, 2017

Tata Steel launches The Green School project in association with TERI

Joda: Today, Tata Steel launched The Green School project in association with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The project was launched at Tata DAV Public School, Joda, by Chanakya Chaudhary, group director, Corporate Communication and Regulatory Affairs, Tata Steel; Rajeev Singhal, VP, Raw Materials, Tata Steel; Mita Singhal and Livleen Kahlon, associate director, Environment Education and Awareness Area, TERI.

The project was launched in the presence of Pankaj Satija, general manager, Ore, Mines and Quarries, Tata Steel; Mukesh Ranjan, chief, Joda, Tata Steel; Manish Mishra, chief, Regulatory Affairs, Tata Steel, along with principals, teachers and students of schools that are part of the Green School project.

This initiative is aimed at creating awareness and understanding about environment issues in school campuses in the operational areas of Tata Steel. TERI, a New Delhi-based leading research institute in the fields of energy, environment and sustainable development, will be actively involved in promoting environment messaging through classrooms and outdoor activities.

There are 10 schools identified across the states of Jharkhand and Odisha in the first phase of the Green School project. The schools selected are: Model School Jamposi, Jajpur; Stewart School, Sukinda; St Mary's High School, Noamundi; DAV Public School, Noamundi; St Teresa School, Joda; DAV Public School, Joda; Residential Bridge School, Joda; Holy Cross School, West Bokaro; DAV School, Jamadoba and Government High School, Tomka, Bamnipal.

The project will run for 15 months in these schools. There will be year-round activities related to environment in these schools. The whole school approach will be adopted, with emphasis on students of Class 6–8 in the formal schools for capacity-building initiatives. For students from bridge schools, the focus will be on striving to mainstream them in project activities by promoting communication through art and craft, theatre, folklores, etc.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Chaudhary said, “We in Tata Steel are committed to proactively address climate change issues. Our responsibilities towards environment are driven by our commitment to create a sustainable business. Promoting sustainable environmental practices through education and working with schools is an effort to create an awareness and sensitivity among students about their responsibility towards environment.”

Addressing the gathering, Mr Singhal said, “In line with our approach towards creating a sustainable future for all stakeholders, we work continuously with the communities in and around our areas of operation to ensure economic, environmental and social sustainability. This initiative will enable students to act as a catalyst for future environment challenges.”

Ms Kahlon said, “The project will promote a proactive engagement with schools through enhancement in understanding about local environment issues. We hope to touch the lives of students and teachers through the capacity-building initiatives designed under the project and improve critical, inter-disciplinary and holistic problem-solving skills among them.”

More than 200 school students and teachers from the Tata DAV Public School, Joda; St Teresa School, Joda; St Mary's High School, Noamundi; Residential Bridge School, Joda, and Tata Steel officials associated with the project were present on the occasion. A knowledge session for teachers and students was also conducted post the launch, followed by activities such as on-spot skit competition and model making competition. Prizes were given to students at the end of the programme.