Government schools in India mainly have students from underprivileged and vulnerable communities. There are about 1.3 million government schools in India and most schools, especially in the rural areas, do not have hand-wash stations, functional toilets and some others are yet to set-up digitally enabled classrooms. Many children, especially girls, often drop out of school due to the unsanitary conditions of the bathrooms. As part of our social responsibility, Ramboll in India sponsored the construction of a safe drinking water facility, wash area and separate toilets for boys and girls at a Government primary school in Gurugram.
Ramboll also sponsored the enabling of a smart classroom with modern digital equipment. Smart classrooms provide computer-based learning and access to digital content for students to understand concepts better.
More than 200 students will benefit from this initiative which was undertaken in liaison with Yuva Unstoppable. Yuva is an NGO that aims to make a difference to the lives of children and is associated with 1,500 government schools across India.
Ramboll’s Chairperson for the CSR Committee in India, Vidya Basarkod along with a group of employee volunteers visited the government school in Gurugram and interacted with the children. “It was an enriching experience for me and the volunteers to visit the school and interact with the children there. I feel proud that Ramboll’s sponsorship has brought about a positive change in the lives of these children” stated Vidya Basarkod.
Harpreet Singh, Team leader for Roads in Ramboll Engineering Centre had initiated this activity and says “On my first visit, I found makeshift unsanitary toilets in the primary wing of the school. This made me feel assured that our CSR initiative in providing clean sanitation facilities to children can be put to its best use. And I was ecstatic to see the transformation wherein proper toilets for boys and girls were constructed in accordance with the regulatory body guidelines. Further, the experience of interacting with the students in the newly constructed smart class, which is again a part of this CSR initiative, was indescribable.”