Ford India today announced a roadmap for its ‘Happy Schools’ program, an initiative aimed at democratising access to holistic education, at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival 2014 to engage with influential thought leaders and drive conversations on empowering communities.
The Happy Schools program is Ford India’s attempt to create enablers for improving access to holistic education in primary schools by addressing gaps in academic support, health and nutrition. The vision was announced at a special session of Ford SAMVAD titled ‘Bridging the Gap’ that was attended by well-renowned contemporary dancer Astad Deboo. Ford will partner reputed NGOs working in the field of education and in the initial phase, a pilot model will be created and implemented in select Govt. primary schools in close proximity to Ford’s areas of operations -- Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Haryana.
Ford India has undertaken several projects in the spheres of education, health and sustainability, to empower communities in and around its areas of operations. The company recently launched the first phase of its cohesive community outreach initiative in Sanand, Gujarat to improve access to safe drinking water for close to 1500 children. Besides this, Ford employees are also encouraged to engage in various initiatives during the annual Global Week of Caring (GWC) that is held in September every year. During GWC 2013 alone, volunteers across Ford in India spent more than 10,000 man hours, in various community outreach initiatives.