Jamshedpur, May 5: Tata Steel opened yet another Non-Residential Bridge Course (NRBC) Center at Katepada village in Karanjia Panchayat, Jagannathpur Block in the West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand on May 5.
Geeta Koda, MLA Jagannathpur graced the occasion as Chief Guest and inaugurated the Centre in the presence of RP Mali, Chief Noamundi, Tata Steel, K C Das, Head, Administration (OMQ),Tata Steel, Allen Kim Joseph, Unit Head Tata Steel Rural Development Society, and Manju Hessa , Village Head Katepada.
This is the fifth Centre inaugurated in Jagannathpur Block. Four NRBC Centres inaugurated earlier are at Patahatu, Amjora, Siyaljora and Kakuita villages.
Tata Steel has partnered with ASPIRE, a Delhi based NGO working in the field of education to run this project. The objective of the NRBC Centre is to identify the school dropout children in the Blocks and mainstream them in the formal school system.
This is done after addressing their learning gaps in a one year programme where they are taught at the Centre by the trained ASPIRE teachers. These Centres will serve as a bridging point between school and community for those children who are ‘out of school’ or involved in child labour.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Koda said: “This project will help the children to go to the mainstream of formal education and serve the community at large towards building a bright future. Most importantly, the parents and community have a vital role in driving this initiative.”
On a similar note, Mr Mali spoke about the responsibility of the parents in sending their children to school regularly so that they can achieve greater heights in their life and grow along with the family and community at large.