Furthering its commitment to India, Ford has announced the expansion of its ‘Happy Schools’ initiative to Gurgaon in the National Capital Region (NCR), the corporate office headquarters of Ford in India. This follows the success of the program in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, which presently benefits over 4,000 children across 40 schools.
The Happy Schools is Ford’s ongoing initiative to improve access to holistic education by addressing gaps in infrastructure, academic support, health and nutrition. Under the program, Ford partners with reputable NGOs to collectively conceptualize and design social interventions that address identified gaps specific to each school. During its first phase, the program is focusing on the introduction of a unique art-based curriculum that will cover 10 government-aided primary schools, benefiting over 1,000 children.
For the program in Gurgaon, Ford will be partnering with Nalandaway, an NGO renowned for using visual and performing arts to help children be creative and expressive. Teachers will be trained to integrate fine arts, music, drama and theatre exercises in day-to-day learning via a special Arts in Education curriculum.
“With an unwavering commitment to India and its communities and people, our social initiatives are truly a reflection of our ‘Go Further’ journey that continues to grow from strength to strength every year,” says Anurag Mehrotra, president and managing director, Ford India.
Ford's Happy Schools initiative was first announced at the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2014 and has continued to receive appreciation from State Government(s) in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. Presently, the Happy Schools program in India covers 40 schools in Chennai and Sanand.
During the inauguration of the program in Gurgaon, volunteers from the company created mural paintings to raise awareness about road safety among children and distributed learning kits for each class. The children also got to enjoy a soulful performance by the Delhi Chamber Choir, which is made up of a group of underprivileged youths.