The Interact Club of Pathways World School in collaboration with Rotary Club of Delhi Imperial, today, inaugurated solar power generation units of five Kilowatt peak capacity in two Government Middle Schools in Aklimpur and Baas villages of Aravali, Gurgaon. The ‘Solar Power Generation Service Project’ will permit nonstop power supply to the school. This renewable energy will also enable the schools to concentrate its expenses on building other facilities that will enhance the education delivery.
The initiative was inaugurated in the presence of the area’s block education officials, members of Rotary Club, students of Pathways Interact Club and people from Village Panchayat. The key guests at the ceremony included Mr Dharmendra Singh, Block Education Officer, Aravali; Mr Sanjeev Jain, President, Rotary Club of Delhi Imperial; Captain Sudesh Kumar, Assistant Governor, District Rotary 3010; Mr Praveen Jain, Director, Pathways Schools; and Dr Sarvesh Naidu, School Director, Pathways World School, Aravali.
“Literacy is one of main focus areas of Rotary Club. We along with Pathways have setup computer labs, library, and health and sanitation facilities at villages in Aravali. Due to non-availability of power all these initiatives have been rendered useless. Our innovative project will permit uninterrupted power supply to the school, besides saving on energy, avoid pollution and provide savings in cost. Light Up Rotary is our theme for this year and our project serves as an appropriate example for the same”, said Mr Sanjeev Jain, President, Rotary Club of Delhi Imperial
Elaborating on the project, Mr Praveen Jain, Director, Pathways Schools, said, “The Solar Power Generation Service Project, a collaborative initiative of Pathways and Rotary Club, is aimed at providing power supply to six schools in Aravali. The first phase of the project has successfully installed solar units in two government schools; other four schools will be covered in the next phase. The funds for the solar units in the two schools have been jointly raised by the school and Rotary club, besides some grant from Rotary District 3010.” He added further, “Now it will be satiating to see smiles spreading across kids’ faces who used to detest coming to school in hot weather and we are optimistic that the number of students attending the school will also increase, in the coming time.” The project will be monitored and maintained by Pathways Interact Club. Besides Aklimpur and Baas, the project site includes Sakatpur and Haryahera villages.
According to Dr Sarvesh Naidu, School Director, Pathways World School Aravali, “Caring and giving, sharing and fulfilling a dream, and bringing happiness into other people’s lives- that’s what we do at Pathways. This year, the solar electric panels will enhance the full use of IT labs in the village schools adjoining Pathways World School, bringing more happiness to the children in these schools. Providing much needed power to run fans and lights in the classrooms will make the whole day brighter and cooler for them. This is an integral part of Pathways’ educational ethos.” Pathways School also provides specialist teachers, trains teachers periodically, organises inter school cultural and sports meet. “The students of Pathways Interact Club help in teaching English, computer skills, and arts and craft, to the students of schools in Aravali”, added Dr Naidu.
The solar project also strives to achieve greater energy security with a green initiative, which aligns with the tenet of Pathways education. Notably, the school’s pledge towards sustainable development and greener environment brought it the honour of being the first school serving all grades K-12 in the world to achieve LEED-EB Platinum Certification, by the ‘United States Green Building Council (USGBC)’, last year.