For the Rolls-Royce Group, sustainability is inherent to the company strategy. Its' CSR initiatives in India are built around this philosophy, wherein it intends to empower current and future generations.
As part of this, Rolls-Royce is committed to advancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. Accordingly, Rolls-Royce is working towards SDG 4 – Quality Education – in India through several programmes, through which it estimates to have touched the lives of approximately 100,000 children to date through various STEM initiatives in India. More details about the impactful programmes from Rolls-Royce are enclosed below:
Muskaan with CAF India
In Nov’15, we started project “Muskaan” with CAF India as our flagship STEM initiative in India. The programme was rolled-out in Bengaluru, Delhi, Navi Mumbai and Pune to establish the foundations of STEM education among students, especially the underprivileged ones.
Muskaan is now active in nine schools across India – seven Government schools in Bangalore and two in New Delhi. Through this, we reach out to over 2000 students and 50 teachers annually who are directly guided and encouraged to supplement their understanding of STEM concepts through special activities and learning tools. The programme contributes to enhanced learning among children through special activities using innovative learning tools, kits-based learning and other need-based intervention.
Phase II involves the setting up of STEM labs, to provide STEM kits on various concepts, capacity building of the teachers to use and manage the lab as part of their daily teaching on STEM subjects, to assess the learning levels of the students, to use the space as a learning and innovation centre, and to demonstrate learning by creating new and innovative models related to STEM.
Under Muskaan we have conducted over 500 creative STEM workshops in schools, 100 capacity building sessions for teachers, and 150 exposure visits/ science exhibitions. The school teachers shared feedback that attendance of students remarkably increased because of STEM activities, which we believe is a true measure of program’s efficacy.
Nirmaan with Agastya International Foundation
With Agastya International Foundation, we run “Nirmaan” to make practical, hands-on science education accessible to rural government schools at two locations – Pune and Shillong. As part of this initiative, we have mobile vans that act as mobile STEM labs, with the aim of reaching out to over 32,000 students and 300 teachers annually. The program not only brings about better understanding of STEM concepts but also intends to spark curiosity and encourage children to ask questions as a learning method.
Each mobile science lab travels to the doorstep of remote/ rural schools with hands-on science models covering a wide range of topics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology for Classes 5 through 10. The teaching approach is consistent with the National Curriculum Framework and the topics overlap the approved NCERT syllabus for these classes. Children are able to relate better to concepts explained through interactive demonstrations rather than through regular learning.
Unnati – A scholarship Programme for Women Engineering Students with CAF India & Buddy4Study
In partnership with CAF India and Buddy4Study, we have set-up a scholarship programme for women engineering students. As part of this initiative, Rolls-Royce will identify and disburse annual scholarships to 150 women students pursuing engineering degrees in the fields of electronics, computers, IT, aerospace or marine engineering. The scholarship is aimed to assist aspiring students from economically challenged backgrounds to cover college tuition fee as they pursue engineering from any AICTE recognized institution in India. At the same time, we will also facilitate mentorship to these women scholars from engineers at Rolls-Royce through a shadow program.
Unnati – Skill Development Programme for Women with Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS)
The ‘Unnati’ Skill Development initiative with the Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS) is aimed at empowering women in STEM careers. The Program aims to provide holistic skill based training to improve employability and prepare beneficiaries for a variety of job roles in the industry. The programme is in line with the Ministry of Shipping’s Skill Development programme under the Sagarmala project to provide skill development for Shipbuilding, Aerospace, Defence and Marine Sectors.
Rolls-Royce’s financial support will be utilized by CEMS to train 100 women participants from economically backward backgrounds. These courses will be rolled-out at CEMS’s Mumbai and Vizag campuses and will aim to make empower participants to be job-ready with relevant STEM skills.
Tamana Education Series & Tamana Annual Fund Raiser with Tamana
We support Tamana, a non-profit voluntary organization with the purpose of helping the cause of mentally challenged, multiple-disability and autistic individuals. We are working with them to build an online educational series which would combine video lectures/ tests and educational games on a mobile application. These mobile applications can be used by the intellectually challenged as well as children with normal learning. Supported by Rolls-Royce, this educational series covers the entire National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) content with 2D/3D educational animation and moving visual media. The end deliverables include free of cost mobile application which would include video lectures and animation for Class 10 NIOS curriculum.
We also continue to support the annual fund raising event organized by Tamana, to create and enhance public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with special needs. This initiative carries forward the theme of Full and Effective Participation and inclusion of differently abled in the society and respect for ‘Differences’.
Rolls-Royce Socio-Economic Programmes
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