Eco-friendly school for children by Volkswagen

Amol Pawar, vice chairman, Panchayat Samiti, Khed, Nliesh Pawar, member, Panchayat Samiti, Dr Andreas Lauermann, president and MD, Volkswagen India, Appasaheb Phadke, president, Kalubai Devi Trust and Ramesh Gaikwad, sarpanch, Nighoje village

VOLKSWAGEN India inaugurated a new primary school building in Phadke-Wasti, Nighoje helping provide excellent education facilities to growing communities in the emerging industrial zone of Chakan, Pune. Developed solely by Volkswagen India as part of their larger CSR initiative towards education and skill development, the school can cater up to 120 students every year.

The new school building was inaugurated by Deepali Kale, member, Zilla Parishad in the presence of Dr Andreas Lauermann, president and managing director, Volkswagen India, Andreas Jahn, vice president, manufacturing engineering & plant engineering, Pankaj Gupta, vice president, external affairs and CSR, Volkswagen India and Ramesh Gaikwad, sarpanch, Nighoje.

Speaking at the inauguration, Dr Andreas Lauermann said, “We have had long discussions with our neighbouring communities to find out their needs and requirements with a focus on long-term growth and development. Education is a key aspect of growth and having the right infrastructure can make a world of difference in the early stages of child’s development. We have been committed to helping communities in a sustainable manner and will continue to do so in the future.”

The new building has two floors and will offer one room for each of the four standards in the primary school where previously one room was being shared by two grades. Volkswagen Plant Engineering architect has designed the new building which is designed to accommodate a higher number of students than before. The new building has separate rooms for indoor extra-curricular activities and the staff. The school premises has a kitchen to provide mid-day meal for the students.

The school is also equipped with its own rainwater harvesting system and greywater treatment system that will enable banana plants to grow on campus.

This new building will be certified by the Indian Green Building Council and is expected to receive either a Silver or Gold rating.

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