Unique goodwill gesture improves student attendance in Govt. schools
HMEL has identified ‘Education Support’ as a major area to bring transformation
By Amrit Pal Brar
May 15, 2019: Consistent efforts by the local Guru Gobind Singh Refinery to improve the infrastructure facilities of the local schools have resulted in improved student enrollment in the local Government Schools. The figures received from the DistrictEducation Department confirm an improving trend in student enrollment in the schools of Sangat and Talwandi Sabo Block covering villages of Ramsara, Pakka Kalan, Bangi Kalan, Raman Mandi, Sekhu, Gurthari, Tarkhanwala, Kanakwal, Raman village, Phullokhari, etc.
In order to strengthen the infrastructure of fifty three Primary, High and Sr. Secondary Government schools covering twenty-seven villages of Punjab & Haryana, many unique practices were started by the Refinery under its CSR initiatives which included Train The Teacher Program, Parent Counselling Sessions, BaLA paining (Building as Learning Aid), Repair and Maintenance of School Building and Toilets, School Furniture, Open Gym, Sports Equipment and setting up of libraries.
With the objective of promoting the Government schools towards superior academic performance, last year, Refinery rewarded laptops, tablets and substantial financial supportto 147 top performing students of class X and XII from nineteen high and senior secondary schools the vicinity villages.
More than ten thousand students were provided free uniform and stationary during the last two years while more than one thousand girls from class X and XIIth have been provided free bicycles during the period.
Under the guidance of District Education Department, Refinery has been conducting English Speaking and career counselling sessions, especially for girls interested to join Indian Defense Forces apart from conducting camps on health and hygiene and road safety.
School Teachers in these villages are constantly guided by HMEL on new methodologies of teaching through external speakers besides rewarding the top performing teachers and school to bring the level of Government schools at par with the Private Schools.
These efforts have definitely shown positive results with improvement is student enrolment due to improvement in education facilities. HMEL has identified ‘Education Support’ as a major area to bring transformational changes in the local villages and shall continue to drive positive change in lives of its neighboring communities.