Metso has cooperated with Plan India, an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children's rights and equal opportunities for girls, for several years now. Our current involvement with Plan India started in 2013 to provide quality education for children and girls in particular. In practice, this was realized by developing child friendly education as well as water and sanitary facilities in local government schools in Alwar, Rajasthan. Already 8,000 children have benefited from the project.
Our Metso Park factory in Alwar is one of Metso’s largest production facilities globally, delivering a wide range of aggregate equipment. “For this reason, it felt only natural to start a cooperation program with Plan India here in Alwar, as Metso is a significant employer in the area and we want to contribute to the surrounding society,” states Rakesh Thakur, Metso’s Administrative Managing Director in India.
Providing a supportive learning environment
The goal of the program is to provide equal access to quality education for children. Several actions are taken to accomplish the goal starting from providing safe drinking water, improving sanitation facilities in schools and bringing about behaviour change. Smart classes as well as science and math labs are also promoted, and reading habits and sports are inculcated. In addition, the program builds the capacities of teachers, School Development Committees and children’s clubs. At the moment, 25 government schools in two neighbourhoods of Alwar are included in the program.