UPL Khedut Pragati – Entrepreneurship Development Programme for Tribal Youth at UPL CAE

A four days “Entrepreneurship Development Programme” for Tribal Youth was organized in partnership with “The Centre for Entrepreneurship Development” Govt. of Gujarat at UPL Centre of Agriculture Excellence, Nahuli, Vapi.

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Dissemination of Information of Industrial Opportunities, Government Schemes etc.

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Encouraging participants to develop project report

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Learning the values of team work

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Exposure Visit @ Food Processing Unit 

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UPL School Sanitation Project – Inauguration of Sanitation Block @ Kolak Primary School Udvada,Vapi

As part of our contribution to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, UPL Limited has started School Sanitation Project to facilitate health and hygienic behavior in students and community by constructing good quality and ecofriendly toilet in schools. Initiated in the year 2014 its reach has now been enhanced to over 38 schools advocating 7000 plus students on good hygiene practices. The project is spread over 5 states.

The Sanitation Block at Kolak Prathamik Shala was inaugurated by Shri Rajjubhai Shroff, the Chairman and Managing Director – UPL Limited on 6th March 2019.

The school authorities, teachers & students and the Gram Sarpanch and Gram Panchayat Members thanked UPL for making the efforts to aid the school and produce the required sanitation facility.

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UPL Sarus Conservation – Celebrated World Sparrow Day and World Water Day 2019

World Sparrow Day, 20th March is celebrated every year to bring the attention of people to dwindling population of house sparrows in our vicinity. The species coexisted with humans in their buildings, tree lanes and gardens which in the modern times has changed and become unfriendly for the species to live and breed.

UPL Sarus Conservation project team collaborated with school students and teachers to mark the Sparrow Day. Awareness talk was organized in two schools with participation of 140 students and teachers and 45 eco friendly sparrow nests boxes was given to students from Voluntary Nature Conservancy, Anand.

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World Water Day 2019

World Water day is observed on March 22nd every year. This year’s theme for the World Water Day is “Leaving no one Behind” which under the SDG 6 aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. Billions of people around the globe are still living without safe water. Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous people, and disabled people are often overlooked and face discrimination when trying to access and manage safe water they need.

With the given backdrop, we celebrated the day by inspiring the younger generation to take meaningful action to make a difference.

World Water Day was celebrated at Bhalada Seva Kendra and Primary Girls School in village Bhalada, of Kheda district with an objective to inspire young minds and advocate for sustainable use and management of water resources. An awareness talk and animation movie by UN Water was held on safe water, importance of water and why people are left behind without safe water. Students and teachers visited the village pond and were briefed on identification of local plants and birds.

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The school students performed a skit on “No Water No Life” followed by a drawing and painting competition on the same. Students developed a poster based on their creative thinking and messages on the theme. Best three drawings were rewarded. The programme witnessed participation of 137 students and teachers from two schools.IMG_7877IMG_7918Simultaneously to the school programmes, Sakhimandal  (women SHG) groups in Dethali gathered together on the occasion and  discussed on water related issues in rural area and women’s role in water conservation as they are the one’s responsible for water collection for daily household requirements.

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UPL Limited Conferred with Dainik Jagran CSR Award 2019

UPL Vasudha, The nature conservation initiative of UPL Limited was recognised at Dainik Jagran CSR Award 2019 at Awards Function which was held on Wednesday February 27, 2019 at Hotel EROS Nehru Place New Delhi.

The award was presented by Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and Minister of State, Railways in the Government of India.

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UPL Niyojaniy – Ensuring learning through Exposure visit

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Industrial exposure visit is a core component of Skill Development Programme, and aimed at increasing learning and understanding about the sector. The students exposed and learnt various concepts, able to co-relate with the theory during their industrial visit at Industrials Boiler Limited, Vapi. It was a great learning experience for the students as they got an exposure to such a huge setup.

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Similarly series of industrial exposure visit respective to their trade were organized at all UNK Centers.

UPL Vasudha – 6th WAU Mohotsav 2019

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While there is no dearth of talent across the country, there is certainly a paucity of platform for children to discover and express themselves, especially for children of rural areas, talented children from rural backgrounds often go unnoticed due to lack of opportunity and platform.

UPL Limited initiated “WAU” Mahotsav” five years back with an objective to improve our engagement with school children and teachers of school from surrounding villages and to strengthen spirit of volunteering in UPL employees. In this journey we witness that WAU Mahotsav is also facilitating in bring out the inner strength and confidence of students from surrounding villages.

The 6th WAU Mahotsav” was organized on 11th February, 2019 by the volunteers of UPL Limited “We Are United” at Diamond Children Theatre, D A Anandpura Culture & sports centre, Ankleshwar GIDC, Gujarat. The WAU Mohotsav was held under the aegis of its flagship initiative UPL Vasudha addressing on the themeDoubling the Agriculture Income. This platform served the twin purpose of showcasing the talent and also sensitizing the masses to respect farmers and motivate the farmers to double their income.

Highlights of the program:

DSC_9757The WAU Mohotsav began with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp by Chief Guest Shri Ashok Panjawani, President, Bharuch Enviro Infrastructure Ltd (BEIL), Ankleshwar and President, Jhagadia Industries Association (JIA).

DSC_9796Pledge to honour our farmers and to support farmers double their income

 

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Quiz Competition: “I understand & aware about farmers and farming”

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Model Making: “Let me innovate and create a model that double the income in agriculture”

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Elocution Competition: “Let me express my thoughts on agriculture scenario of our country”… a moving speech by a student of class 8th

 

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Solo & Group Singing: “Let the house feel my Voice”… vigorous performance

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Skit & Drama: “Narrating the farmers life…, the skit had a hard-hitting message for the audience.

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Dance Competition: Folk Dance performed by the students  from class 5th to 8th.

The house witnessed a wide range of talent including singing, dancing, acting, executing ideas through elocution & drawing, innovative model making competition and other several acts. The stage provided an opportunity to the children to recognize their talent and helped them to come out in open exhibiting their potential.

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The WAU Mohotsav saw the congregation of a record number of 283 students which includes of 66 teachers from 13 schools. Behind the success of this event, there were 80 volunteers of UPL Limited, teachers and students of participated school who played a great role and achieved the objective. The grand evening concluded with the proposed vote of thanks by WAU Volunteers, and a rendition of the National Anthem.

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Overall, it was an unforgettable evening and celebrated the spirit of farming!

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UPL Vasudha – Training of Trainers for Eco Club Teachers

To promote the ethos of conservation in young minds what better place to start than in the place known as school. In a move to spread the message on nature conservation and inculcate the values and attitude of conservation among the students, a one day training programme was organised with an objective imparting training to the teachers who coordinate the activities of ECO CLUB in their respective schools.

UPL has always believed in protecting and promoting a green environment and since its inception under the flagship programme “UPL Vasudha – the nature and environment conservation” initiative of UPL Limited has involved under various environmental activities sensitizing students, teachers, the communities and the masses through action based conservation programme.

To take up meaningful environmental activities to the masses and to achieve the project objective UPL and Geer Foundation has jointly organised the second regional capacity building programme titled “Training of Trainers for ECO CLUB Teachers” which was held at UPL Center for Agriculture Excellence Vapi on 21st February, 2019.

The programme witnessed a huge participation of 170 plus teachers, these participants represented different schools of Vapi/ Valsad District. The participants were addressed by the following distinguished speakers: Mr. D.C. Mehta, Deputy Director – GEER Foundation; Mr. S. V. Kedaria, DCF – Social Forestry, Valsad; Mr. Kanubhai Patel, Eco – Club Coordinator, Valsad; Mr. Rishi Pathania, Head CSR – UPL Limited; Mr. Sanjay Tripathi, Farm Manager – UPL Limited; Dr. Jatinder Kaur, Head – Sarus Conservation Project, Mrs. Tejalben Patel and Mrs. Hetalben Patel, ADI – Education Department, Valsad; Mr. Bhavesh Chaudhari & Mr. Alap Pandit, Nature Educator – GEER Foundation, Gujarat.

Highlights of the session of the training Programme:

  1. Welcome address and setting the context by Kanubhai Patel, Eco – Club Coordinator, Valsad: Mr. Kanubhai Patel facilitated the programme, and briefed the participants on the objective and the context of the programme.

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  1. D.C. Mehta, Deputy Director – GEER Foundation provided an insight on GEER Foundation’s work and said the workshop serves the twin purpose of ‘teaching the trainers’ and ‘helping the society’ as a whole in the sphere of environment.

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  1. Jatinder Kaur gave a brief presentation on “Sarus Conservation Project” and also showcased movie on life-cycle of Sarus Crane. Addressing the participants, she mentioned Sarus Conservation team works extensively with government run-up schools in and around Kheda district educating and empowering the younger generation in the conservation of the residential species. The Sarus Crane is now a known name in 73 schools. Around 5884 plus students and 258 teachers were sensitized through various awareness sessions in schools.DSC09674
  2. Mr. Bhavesh Chaudhri – Nature Educator, GEER Foundation shared information on local fauna – how to spot animals in the wild. He said viewing animals in the wild can be the highlight of any nature experience but one doesn’t have to live in the wilderness to spot wildlife. Further he stated wherever you live, you can increase the likelihood of seeing birds and animals by remembering a few key tips, like: look for transition areas, know your target species, watch for animal scat, trails, tracks, runways and other signs, etc. The attendees were pleased gathering information on fauna.DSC09694
  3. Mr. Alap Bhatt – Nature Educator, GEER Foundation highlighted the significance of Eco Club and emphasized on the role of eco club teachers. Addressing the attendees he said, educational intuitions and students can play a major role in generating mass awareness. Schools can encourage students to think creatively as they apply their knowledge to real, everyday thinking. By involving students through real responsibilities improves self-esteem, which impacts learning.The solution too many environmental problem lie in our attitude towards environment and the best way to bring about the change in the attitudes in the society is through children’s, said Mr. Alap. Hence, teachers’ in-charge of eco club should encourage more and more students to join eco clubs. DSC09699
  4. In the concluding session addressing teachers, Mr. Rishi Pathania, Head CSR – UPL Limited, emphasized alone we cannot address the environment issue, it is therefore essential to involve the school students in large scale along with the government mechanism with the focus objective of bringing attitudinal change for the effective implementation of the programme and deriving positive results.

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7. Certificate Distribution: The workshop concluded with the distribution of certificates by the distinguished resource persons – Mr. D. C. Mehta, Mr. Rishi Pathania, and Mr. Kanubhai Patel. Government Officials from Education department district Valsad also graced the event.

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UPL Suraksha Abhiyan – First Batch of Self Defense Training received Gold Medal at inter-state karate championship, Vapi

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In order to empower girl students in government schools to be able to protect themselves and better equipped with any untoward situation self-defense training were imparted to girl students of class 6th, 7th & 8th under UPL Suraksha the self-defense training programme.

The programme is executed in 5 Zilla Parishad Schools from Valsad District, Gujarat. From each school 50 interested and enthusiastic students are selected.   Since the inception of the programme 52 sessions on self-defense training were imparted training 250 students. These students have successfully completed their first level of training and participated in an inter-state karate championship organised at Vapi.

We feel proud to share this news that six students from our first batch of self-defense training received gold medal.

UPL School Sanitation – Sanitation & Hygiene Awareness through Art/Music/Dance Therapy

#UPLGlobal  #UPLPragati #UPLSchoolsanitation_20190208_103802Cleanliness cannot be solely achieved through building of toilet block, changing behavior is important. It depends on individual changing their attitude towards cleanliness, using toilets and maintaining personal hygiene. This is why behavioral change communication is important component of UPL School Sanitation Project. To instill good sanitation, health and hygiene practices in students, initiated art based methodology.

Ms. Gayatree Joshi (Wall Muralist and Art Therapist) conducted a session on cleanliness and hygiene in 5 Government schools of Valsad District, Gujarat.  These sessions include music therapy, drama, role modeling, art and movement therapy, followed by session, painting a cartoon character on wall nearby sanitation block with a message. Now the children not only use the toilets but also rhyme the slogan penned on the wall.

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This was one of the most effective ways of preaching the benefits of using toilets.