First school in a container: Safeducate
With an aim to provide skill-based education at minimal costs to all parts of the country, Safeducate has come up with an innovative plan of recycling scrap containers and using them as schools. The first container school was inaugurated by the Prime Mini
The first container school created by Safeducate, the education and training arm of Safexpress, was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on July 15, 2015 while presenting his ‘Skill India’ programme, under which, the government intends to skill 40.2 crore people by 2022.
Safeducate has come up with an extremely innovative model for training people by joining four containers together. The containers, refurbished and recycled, for developing school structure were earlier being used for logistics purposes.
The first school has a training capacity of 189 students per month, with residential facility for 23 students and includes three classrooms, computer lab, activity area, recreation area, library and staff offices. Moreover, these containers are like lego bricks, allowing this institution to have a flexible and scalable model, which can be easily replicated in any other location. The community outreach of Safeducate could help the current government provide quality education and skilled training to the remotest corners in the country.
Inaugurating the Safeducate Container School, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India said, “Safeducate has introduced an innovation, which will revolutionise skill training in the country. This unique training platform will definitely make a significant difference at the grass root level.”
Showcasing the container school, Divya Jain, Founder & CEO, Safeducate said, “We have created the Safeducate container schools with a professional look and feel. These are equipped with all amenities present in a regular school and will provide Safeducate the ability to conduct trainings at any location across India. This school can be set up anywhere in a short time, with just the availability of land and electricity connection. The educational format and structure of these schools is such that each district in the country will have the same level of access to quality education.”
Congratulating Safeducate on launching India’s first Container School, Dilip Chenoy, Managing Director & CEO, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) said, “There are massive skill gaps prevalent in the industry today. The chain of container schools launched by Safeducate will hugely help in bridging these skill gaps. These schools will hugely help in increasing the employment opportunities for the rural youth of the country.”