Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) champions the cause of access to quality education by constructing new schools

  • TKM has constructed 5 schools till date in Ramnagara district
  • Toyota’s initiative in the area of education aimed at promoting healthier learning environment and reducing school dropouts in the district

Mr. H.C. Balakrishna, MLA – Magadi & Mr. Naveen Soni, Vice President
Toyota Kirloskar Motor handing over new schools to the authorities

May 30th, 2017 Bangalore: Toyota Kirloskar Motor today underlined its commitment towards promoting quality education by constructing two new government schools in Dyavalinganapalya and Thalaguppe villages of Ramanagara District. These schools will benefit over 95 students covering 1st – 5th grades, which provides all necessary amenities to ensure a conducive environment for school children to study and their overall development.

The schools were inaugurated today by Mr. H.C. Balakrishna, MLA, Ramanagara District along with Mr. Naveen Soni – Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar Motor. Other dignitaries from local gram panchayat were also present during the occasion.

In addition to the school structural premises, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has extended its support with a host of amenities such as desks, benches, chairs, tables, educational and sports material. Also key basic necessities such as sanitation & water facilities are also built-in considering the health & hygiene of the school children. As an extension of the company’s initiative to support the cause of primary and secondary school education across the country, the new schools will ensure improvement in education standards and better retention rate in the region through a more dedicated and focused solution.

Speaking at the inaugural, Mr. H.C. Balakrishna, MLA – Magadi said “I would like to thank Toyota Kirloskar Motor for the comprehensive developmental initiatives carried out in Ramanagara district. The numerous social endeavors undertaken by the company has been instrumental in bringing about positive change in the lives of the people in the community.Education is a critical ingredient in determining individual and securing the future of our country, and over the years Toyota has always looked ahead in bringing academic development in the region & building a sustainable community.”

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Naveen Soni, Vice President – Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “We believe quality education is a fundamental right of every child and the key in nurturing generations of people and their communities. For us at Toyota, education for all remains one of our top priorities and over the years we have developed various educational modules & projects aiming to create an enabling school environment suitable for every child’s development, thus contributing to the overall socio-economic growth of the society. These newly built schools will serve as epicenter to strengthen the growing community by providing adequate and healthy learning spaces for school children, thus maximizing the educational values.

Lack of quality school infra remains one of the biggest causes of school dropouts in Karnataka. Recent reports (*source) indicates that 27,000 of the 75,489 schools in the Karnataka state had three or fewer classrooms – struggling with poor infrastructure, thereby increasing the school dropout ratio. Toyota has constantly been driving these school projects in improving the educational infrastructure resulting in a more enriching learning experience for the children.We would like to extend our special thanks to the Manchanayakanahalli Grama Panchayat for their immense support towards timely completion of this school project. As a part of Toyota’s corporate philosophy, the company will further continue and refurbish the ongoing CSR efforts towards the holistic societal development.”

Toyota Kirloskar Motor over the years has initiated several projects to accelerate access to quality education in the country. The company has reconstructed many government schools namely Ashrama School at Byramangala, LPS School at Medanahalli & Ashrama School at Hosadoddi. These projects have shown a positive impact on the school attendance ratio – with an increase from 28% to 36% in Medanahalli and 40% to 60% in Hosadoddi schools. In 2016, the company distributed 60,000 note books, 1500 nos. of bags, drawing books & crayons and 1700 geometry boxes to over 11,000 students across 180 schools. These contributions of the company has led to a visible decrease in the school dropout rates, in Bidadi region, from 0.8% in 2012 to 0.4% in 2016. Also these programs have expanded over a period, enhancing the beneficiary coverage to more than 9000 school children during last academic year, as compared to 3000 children in 2007.

Under the Government’s National Campaign to provide clean sanitation facilities for girl child in India, Toyota has also pledged its support to ‘Swacch Bharat – Swacch Vidyalaya’ – by constructing sanitation units at identified schools by the Government in 3 locations across India to help reduce school dropouts. The company constructed 650 units of sanitation facilities in 206 government schools across India (of which 125 units are located in Varanasi, 426 units in Ramanagara district in Karnataka and 125 units in Vaishali in Bihar).