Bhubaneswar,7/7(Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty)-: American Tower Corporation on July 4 inaugurated its first completed project of Sanitation, Solar and Hiwel Learning Stations at Kusupangi High School in Banki of Cuttack district. The project was inaugurated by the SDM of Banki Sub-division Manoranjan Mallik . The ATC leadership team was also present on the occasion.
These initiatives were highly appreciated by the Head Master, Block Education Officer and the SDM, Banki. The school’s intermittent electric supply would be bolstered by the 15 Solar panels with capacity of 3.75 KW which were installed and it would also run the two computer kiosks installed by ATC and pump water from the bore-well for the toilets.
For the year 2014-15, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility Program, ATC India has undertaken projects in 16 Schools of Eastern India spread over the states of North East, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and Odisha. In these schools, ATC India decided to follow an integrated approach. In addition to providing Learning Stations (Kiosks) it also provided power to these schools through Solar Power stations and water and sanitation by building Boys’ and Girls’ toilets and bore wells.
In Odisha ATC has implemented 3 such integrated projects – Parichay Foundation and Maitri Vihar in Khurda district and Kusupangi High School in Banki of Cuttack district.
This programme was a part of ATC India’s CSR program aims at blending education with technology. ATC India has partnered with Hole-in-the-Wall Education Ltd. (HiWEL) & NIIT Foundation to provide e-enabled education to underprivileged children in rural and semi-urban areas. HiWEL is a path-breaking learning methodology known as Minimally Invasive Education (MIE) that uses learning environment to generate adequate level of motivation and induces learning in groups of children, with minimal intervention from adults.
Learning Stations (Kiosks) have pre-loaded educational material that aims at enhancing functional computer literacy among school children aged 6 to 14 years. ATC India &HiWEL have partnered to provide access to computer-based learning to underprivileged children through 2 models.
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