Joda,: ‘International Day of Education’ was celebrated with lot of fervor at Girl’s and Boy’s Residential Bridge Course Centres (RBCs), Joda on Sunday by Tata Steel Foundation, the CSR wing of Tata Steel.
More than 100 students participated in the events organised at both the centres. The celebrations aimed at recognising the importance of education for children for their brighter future.
Ms Vinita Singh, Vice President of Spandan Mahila Samiti graced the occasion as Chief Guest along with Ms Debolina Sarkar, Secretary, Spandan Mahila Samiti and Ms Pallavi Singh, Treasurer, Spandan Mahila Samiti at Girl’s RBC. Mr Rajesh Kumar, Chief, Joda, Tata Steel graced the occasion as Chief Guest at Boy’s RBC.
On the occasion, the students organised a cultural programme including a drama and a song based on the subject ‘Importance of Education’ that was appreciated by the guests. During the celebrations, a few students also shared their experiences with the guests. Apart from this, a drawing competition for the students was also organised at both the centres and the winners were felicitated. The dignitaries also distributed educational materials to the students.
Currently, there are 195 girls and 140 boys at the Girl’s and Boy’s RBC respectively. These RBCs have come as a boon for the students of 17 Panchayats under Joda block of Keonjhar district who have dropped out of schools or never been to schools for varied reasons. Lack of financial support has been found to be the main reason in most of the cases.
Since 2019, every year, January 24 is observed as ‘International Day of Education’ across the globe to celebrate the role of education for peace and development. This year the theme is ‘Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation’. A dedicated day for education also works to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030.