This BBC-certified web-based program entails training 200 children every year for improved English speaking, listening and writing skills. While the intervention targets school education, the program envisions preparing children and youth to face the highly competitive world of higher education and employment with confidence. The courseware is designed to facilitate self-learning and improved sensory engagement with audio, visual and user-friendly interface. Trained local facilitators will help children get familiar with the material and administer the courseware.
The inaugural event included addresses by the chief dignitaries, presentation of the Essar Foundation memento to the DEO and the school, the formal opening of the lab, and demonstration of the software. A group of children also had a first-hand experience of the e-learning.
Mr Rajiv Bhatnagar, Head ESTL Hazira spoke on the occasion about how Essar Steel has enthusiastically engaged itself in various CSR activities with a philosophy of creating 'shared value' through Essar Foundation. Mr SS Khandwawala, Security and Vigilance Head for Essar also reiterated the need for doing such programmes with increased partnership with district administration and assured all possible support from Essar. Other dignitaries who were present in the event included Mr Deepak Arora, CEO Essar Foundation, Mr Vivek Agrawal, CEO of technical partner LIQVID and the senior management team of Essar Steel Hazira, local villagers and more than 200 school children. Dr Mitesh Parekh, Principal of Nav Jagruti Vidya Vihar School thanked the Essar Foundation for this unique initiative.
This spoken English lab is the first of its kind in the entire Surat district.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be more confident with
the language, which is the medium of examination and instruction for all the
leading institutions across the globe.