Jharsuguda:  Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium, is working to bridge the literacy divide by enabling rural communities’ access to quality education. In pursuit of this aim, the company has been running several high-quality educational interventions, right from supporting pre-school education to implementing e-learning programmes to address the learning gaps created by the pandemic over the past two years. These programmes have been a key enabler in increasing the average literacy level of Jharsuguda district from 70.55% (2001) to 78.86% (2011), benefitting more than 6,400 children till the previous academic year.

Commemorating the efforts of the teaching fraternity, Vedanta Aluminium felicitated teachers of government schools at Jharsuguda for their noteworthy contribution in promoting literacy and education in the region, in the presence of Pushpa Minz, District Education Officer, and Pradipta Sa, Additional District Education Officer.

Vedanta Aluminium’s employee volunteers have conducted career counselling sessions for secondary school students in the region.

Speaking about the company’s endeavours to improve literacy and education levels in the region, Sunil Gupta, CEO – Vedanta Limited, Jharsuguda, said, “We are committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goal of ‘Quality Education’, for we believe it is fundamental to the equitable and inclusive development of our local communities. It heartens us to see these programmes catalyse the rise in literacy levels of Jharsuguda, which is reflected in higher matriculation/higher secondary passing percentage in the region.” 

V Srikanth, CEO – Mining Business, Vedanta Limited, added, “Our developmental initiatives are tailored to the needs of the regions where we operate. On International Literacy Day, we recommit to bridge the literacy divide and improve our local communities’ access to quality education.”

Appreciating the company’s educational interventions, Pushpa Minz, District Education Officer, Jharsuguda said, “Access to quality education is a prime enabler in ensuring sustainable development of a region. I commend Vedanta Aluminium for running several education interventions at Jharsuguda, that have created an aspiration for quality education among local communities in the region.”