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Tamil Nadu and European Union collaborate to make 28 corporation schools future-ready

The project attempts to reimagine and reinvent the education experience of children attending 28 public schools.

Ambassador at Chennai School funded under CITIIS project

Chennai, 21 June, 2022: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the European Union (EU) through the CITIIS Program are investing INR 76.20 crores in the INR 95.52 crores transformation of “The Chennai School" project implemented by Chennai smart city Limited (CSCL) . Chennai is one of the 12 cities to have received funds and technical assistance from the CITIIS Program anchored within the Government of India’s Smart Cities Mission, leveraging 100 million EUR AFD loan and a 6 million EUR grant from the EU. It is also the first amongst the selected cities in India to implement the programme.

During a two-day visit to Tamil Nadu, Mr. Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of European Union Delegation to India and Bhutan met with the Hon’ble Mayor of Greater Chennai Corporation, Ms. R. Priya, and the Principal Secretary and Commissioner, Mr. Gagandeep Singh Bedi I.A.S. Ambassador also visited one of the Chennai higher secondary school at Nesapakkam, under the CITIIS project. He was accompanied by Ms. D. Sneha, Deputy Commissioner of Greater Chennai Corporation.

Visiting the school, Ugo Astuto, EU Ambassador to India said, “This project is very special to us as it targets the youth and therefore the future. Through this programme, we strive to create an enriching and engaging environment in selected schools, where experiential learning is encouraged and logical thinking is fostered.”

The CITIIS programme under its project “Model and Smart Corporation Schools in Chennai’, attempts to reimagine and reinvent the education experience of children attending 28 public schools run by Greater Chennai Corporation. The project focuses on the improvement of physical and digital infrastructure, empowering teachers through training and supporting pedagogical innovation as well as extra-curricular activities. It aims to enhance learning experience and make children future-ready.

From the EU Delegation, Mr. Daniel Hachez, Head of Cooperation; Mr. Laurent Le Danois, Team Leader of Cooperation; Ms. Sara Zennaro Atre, Trade Counsellor attended  the meeting.  Ms. Lise Talbot Barre, Consul General of France in Pondicherry and Chennai and Mr. Rajnish Ahuja, Head of Transport and Urban Development team at French Development Agency (AFD) participated as well. Deputy Commissioner (Education), Tamil Nadu Government  Ms. D. Sneha I.A.S presented the ongoing works of the CITIIS programme to the visiting delegation.

The project aims to enhance the overall learning experience of the students by providing experiential learning zones such as science innovation labs and experience labs in the selected project schools. The project also encourages collaboration with industry, academia & NGOs. Self and digital learning is promoted among students, by equipping them with modern learning infrastructure such as tablets as well as Wi-Fi enabled classrooms. An analytics-based student monitoring tool will be deployed, to track and gauge student performance real time.

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