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Creating a Tangible Impact on Young Minds

June 24, 2021   \\\   Posted By CandorTechSpace

Creating a Tangible Impact on Young Minds A throwback picture showing students participating in Alohomora Education Foundation's CareerShala programme

We run various social impact programmes and events for the benefit of underprivileged communities. Here is an overview of our initiatives organised recently in association with two non-profit organisations: Alohomora Education Foundation and People For Action.

At Brookfield Properties, our operations go beyond the development, ownership and operation of sustainable commercial real estate. We are also committed to environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices that have a positive impact on the communities in which we operate. Therefore, over the years, we have been conducting numerous CSR initiatives across education, environment protection, social impact, health, etc. Take for instance the awareness programmes for children that we organised in partnership with Alohomora Education Foundation and People For Action.

School students participating in the CareerShala programme of Alohomora Education Foundation

ALOHOMORA EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Alohomora Education Foundation enables students from low-income families to build thriving careers by being on career pathways that align with their strengths and interests. It works towards empowering these students to start building skills independently and to take charge of their life choices.

We partnered with Alohomora Education Foundation for its CareerShala programme, which enables students to understand and choose the potential industries that they would like to pursue a career in. The programme also equips students who have a clear idea about their skills and interest to pursue the career of their choice.

As essay (left) and a song written by students of Pataudi School in Gurugram, on how they perceive the Covid-19 pandemic

The CareerShala programme comprises:

  • Home-based projects;
  • Interaction and feedback on projects with career professionals from various sectors; and
  • Motivation through interest-based WhatsApp groups moderated by our facilitators.

Here’s how we modified and executed CareerShala programme:

  • We engaged with the teachers from GSS School in Dundahera, Gurugram and GGSS School in Wazirabad, Gurugram.
  • We reached 192 students (from grades 9-12) and 65 alumni of GSSS Carterpuri School in Gurugram, GGSSS Wazirabad School and GSSS Dundahera School.
  • Around 158 students signed up for the English circle and took the baseline test.
  • Currently, students of English circle are practising basic English grammar and attending weekly sessions.
Students participating in Alohomora Education Foundation’s CareerShala programme online
Drawings on the Covid-19 pandemic made by students of a school in Gurugram

PEOPLE FOR ACTION

People For Action works with state governments to improve the learning outcomes of children in government secondary schools by increasing their transition to higher education and access to career opportunities. It does this by providing rigorously tested tools and training to teachers, students, governing bodies and parents. We set up computer labs in three government schools in Haryana. The schools thus received computers and secure internet connections (managed by People For Action) to facilitate technological skill development of their students.

We also partnered with People For Action to arrange an online competition amongst the students studying in grades 7-9 at Pataudi School and Carterpuri School in Gurugram, on how they perceive the Covid-19 pandemic. The participating students expressed themselves very innovatively through paintings, poetry, singing and dancing.



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