Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced the expansion of its highly successful Toyota Anganwadi Development Program (TADP) in partnership with the Government of Karnataka (GoK). Following the remarkable success of its initial phase, which saw the transformation of 30 model Anganwadi centres, TKM is set to scale up the program to benefit 150 Anganwadi Centres in Ramanagara District by the end of fiscal year 2023-2024. The event for this momentous expansion took place at the Zilla Panchayat Hall, Ramanagara, in the presence of approximately 150 Anganwadi teachers who have played a pivotal role in creating an environment for creative learning and development of children for the country’s sustainable future.
Distinguished guests for the event included Mr. Chikka Subbaiah, Deputy Secretary (Incharge) and Chief Planning Officer, Zilla Panchayat, Ramanagara; Mr. Narayanaswamy, Deputy Director of the Women and Child Development Department; Mr Sudeep S Dalvi, Senior Vice President, Director, and Chief Communication Officer, TKM, Mr. Roshan R, Deputy General Manager, EA-State, CSR & BIA, TKM, who graced the occasion with their presence.
TKM's TADP has significantly improved early childhood education and child development at Anganwadi Centres (AWC). It follows a comprehensive "4 Pillar Approach," focusing on Child-Friendly AWCs, Activity-Based Learning, Teacher Capacity Building, as well as Health & Hygiene. The program transforms Anganwadi Centres into child-friendly spaces, with enhanced aesthetics and infrastructure. It introduces innovative Activity-Based Learning, providing age-specific materials to engage children effectively, leading to improved attendance and participation.
Furthermore, the program invests in training Anganwadi teachers in preschool education, to enhance their teaching skills to benefit the young minds they nurture. Health and hygiene activities were emphasized, including hygienic cooking processes, with promoting kitchen gardens concept ensuring a fresh supply of fruits and vegetables. The success witnessed from implementation of these 4 pillars, demonstrates TADP's positive impact on children and communities and serves as a motivation for TKM to expand the initiative further.
Mr. Chikka Subbaiah, Deputy Secretary (Incharge) and Chief Planning Officer, Zilla Panchayat, Ramanagara said, “The Government of Karnataka is delighted to partner with Toyota Kirloskar Motor in the expansion of the Toyota Anganwadi Development Program. This collaboration showcases our shared commitment to early childhood education, health, and overall child development, all of which form the bedrock of a child's wholesome development, with initial years experiences serving as the crucial building blocks for cognitive growth, and the cultivation of vital learning, emotional and social skills. The TADP initiative is not only dedicated to nurturing children's development but also to equipping educators with innovative teaching techniques that will profoundly enhance their ability to lay a strong educational foundation for these young minds.
We are happy and applaud the unwavering commitment of corporates like TKM towards advancing public health and hygiene. We are confident that their endeavours have made a substantial and lasting contribution in elevating the well-being and developmental prospects of children in Anganwadi Centres throughout the Ramanagara district, thereby enriching the entire community."
Mr. Sudeep S Dalvi, Senior Vice President, Director and Chief Communication Officer, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “We are delighted to announce the expansion of the Toyota Anganwadi Development Program (TADP) in collaboration with the Government of Karnataka. This initiative has left a significant imprint on the lives of children and communities, and we remain resolute in our commitment to furthering this transformative journey. Together with our dedicated partners, we are steadfast in our vision of forging a brighter future through healthy growth and development of children thereby benefitting the community, state, and the country.
On this momentous occasion, we wish to express our deep gratitude to the Government of Karnataka for their unwavering dedication to fostering healthy and sustainable communities. The true success of any project lies in its sustained impact, driven by the active engagement of key stakeholders. We are confident that our continued efforts will yield profound positive effects on the lives of children in the years to come."
The impact of TADP had been remarkable, with positive changes observed in preschool education, health and hygiene practices, and community engagement. TKM acknowledge the pivotal role played by the Government of Karnataka, Zilla Panchayat Ramanagara, the Women and Child Welfare Department, and the dedicated Anganwadi workers and community members who made this program a success. TKM is committed to its corporate social responsibility initiatives and looks forward to transforming the lives of children and communities through the expansion of the Toyota Anganwadi Development Program. The positive impact it has had on the children has motivated the company to many more such impactful CSR initiatives bring about a profoud change in the lives of individuals in community.