Prime Minister inaugurates India’s first container school by Safeducate

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Safeducate will create Chain of Container Schools all over India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated India’s first Container School created by Safeducate at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, while unveiling his Skill India Program.

Under this programme, the Government intends to skill 40.2 crore people by 2022. The Prime Minister visited the Safeducate container school set up at Vigyan Bhawan premises and congratulated Safeducate on its innovation. Safeducate, the education and training arm of supply chain and logistics industry leader Safexpress, has created an extremely innovative model for skilling people, which can be very easily and quickly replicated to any location in India. This community outreach initiative by Safeducate could help the Government provide high quality skill training at even the remotest areas in the country.

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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 the way skill training is imparted in the country. By launching India’s first Container School, Safeducate has set an example in the field of skilling. It is difficult to provide training to the youth in the rural areas of the country, where there is minimum availability of infrastructure and resources. By bringing down the cost and effort involved in developing infrastructure to meet education and skilling needs of people in India, this unique training platform will aid in providing quality education to the youth present in the remotest location of the country. This will definitely make a significant difference at the grassroots level.”

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Showcasing the Container School, Divya Jain, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Safeducate said, “We have created the Safeducate container schools with a very high visual appeal so as to attract people even in remote areas. They have a very professional look-and-feel, and are equipped with all amenities present in a regular school, if not more. These schools will provide Safeducate the ability to conduct trainings at any location across India where skilling is needed. 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. Safeducate container schools will help in creating job opportunities across the country, while creating skilled workforce for the industry.”

Explaining the highlights of the Safeducate container school, Jain said, “Safeducate container school has been created by joining four containers together. These are refurbished containers which were earlier being used for the purpose of logistics. We have recycled those containers and used them for developing our school structure. Not only is this in line with our Go Green initiative, but also it helps in bringing down the development cost of our school. Our first school has a training capacity of 189 students per month, with residential facility for 23 students. The school facility includes three classrooms, computer lab, activity area, recreation area, library, staff offices, etc. Moreover, these containers are like lego bricks, allowing this institution to have a truly flexible and scalable model. Firms like CONCOR and SCI scrap over 5000 containers every year. So there is a huge potential for scaling up our model in the future across all 680 districts of India.”

The other dignitaries present during the inauguration included Sunil Arora, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Pawan Agarwal, Joint Secretary (MSDE), Rajesh Agrawal, Joint Secretary (MSDE) and Dilip Chenoy, Managing Director and CEO of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Congratulating Safeducate on launching India’s first container school, Dilip Chenoy 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.”