L&T and AIF join hands for the Engineering Futures project

Chennai, October 19, 2019: Larsen & Toubro (L&T) joins hands with the American India Foundation (AIF) for one of the most exciting education related initiatives, Engineering Futures Project – Innovate to Educate. The project is a part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education initiative among 6th, 7th and 8th standard students studying in 20 select government schools, located around various L&T campuses and project sites across three districts namely Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. The project aims to enable 85 teachers and 6,000 students by providing standardized digital content aligned with state school curriculum. Dr. Kannappan, Director – School Education, Government of Tamil Nadu, Mr. M. V. Satish, Whole Time Director & Senior Executive Vice President – Buildings, Minerals & Metals, L&T and other dignitaries attended the event.

On the launch of the project, Mathew Joseph, AIF Country Director, said, “We are very grateful to L&T for partnering with AIF for the ‘Engineering Futures Project’. AIF’s Digital Equalizer program has empowered 4 million students till date, and with this partnership, students from select government schools in three districts in Tamil Nadu will experience digital transformation in their classrooms.”

This intervention will teach students the fun way of learning Maths and Science. A pool of master trainers are created in the government system for the sustainability of the program. The partnership will support all schools with the necessary infrastructure and learning resources and empower the teacher being the key driver, with various educational resources and innovative teaching learning practices to deliver better quality education leading to improved outcomes.

Education kits, a comprehensive digital resource consisting of videos, animations and Power Point Presentations, prepared by AIF’s Digital Equalizer team, are provided to the teachers for classroom transactions. The kits content for grades 6th to 8th will be aligned to the existing school curriculum and academic standards prescribed by NCERT. To summarize, the interactive multimedia content enables the teaching-learning process to graduate from ‘chalk and talk’ method of teaching to ‘interactive and intrinsic learning’ method of teaching.

Besides Chennai, the project is being launched in 63 schools in Surat, Faridabad and Vadodara impacting close to 13,000 students.

Larsen & Toubro is a major technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing and financial services conglomerate, with global operations. L&T addresses critical needs in key sectors – Hydrocarbon, Infrastructure, Power, Process Industries and Defence – for customers in over 30 countries around the world. L&T is engaged in core, high impact sectors of the economy and our integrated capabilities span the entire spectrum of ‘design to deliver’. With 8 decades of a strong, customer focused approach and a continuous quest for world-class quality, we have unmatched expertise across Technology, Engineering, Construction, Infrastructure Projects and Manufacturing, and maintain a leadership in all our major lines of business. Every aspect of L&T’s businesses is characterised by professionalism and high standards of corporate governance. Sustainability is embedded into our long-term strategy for growth. The Company’s manufacturing footprint extends across eight countries in addition to India. L&T has several international offices and a supply chain that extends around the globe. http://www.larsentoubro.com/

The American India Foundation is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in 2001 at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion from Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 5.6 million of India’s poor. AIF has the highest ratings by independent agencies such as GuideStar and Charity Navigator. Learn more at www.AIF.org

AIF’s Digital Equalizer Program utilizes technology to bridge the educational and digital divide in India by transforming under-resourced schools into dynamic places to teach and learn through collaborative, project-based learning. The Digital Equalizer program has empowered 4 million students, 150,000 teachers, and 13,000 schools in 15 states till now.

As Director of Communications and Advocacy, Rowena Kay Mascarenhas holds the global responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of AIF’s marketing, communications, and advocacy strategies across the Head Office, Country Office and Regional Offices.

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