HDFC Bank’s ZIIEI programme to train 15 lakh govt school teachers

Private Lender HDFC Bank has launched its national Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative – Zero Investment Innovations for Education Initiative (ZIIEI) in Jaipur.

The initiative will reportedly benefit more than 8.3 crore students in 6.2 lakh schools across India.

It aims to transform education in government schools across India. As part of this initiative, the bank will provide training to 15 lakh school teachers across 12 states and union territories of India. This will further help in improving the quality of education in 6.2 lakh government schools and benefitting 8.3 crore students.

HDFC Bank will be training 2 lakh teachers in more than 70,000 government schools across Rajasthan. This will benefit more than 81 lakh school students.

The bank has partnered with Sri Aurobindo Society and state governments for implementation of this initiative.

“As a socially responsible corporate citizen, HDFC Bank has started a movement to transform the quality of education in 12 states. We want to make education accessible, effective and bring it in tune with changing times. Who better than the teachers to bring about such a change in the temples of learning? This one-of-its-kind initiative is a part of the Bank’s sustained endeavour to create a positive impact in the lives of the local populace through its Corporate Social Responsibility programme,” said Nusrat Pathan, Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, HDFC Bank.

“If the Indian education system really wants to gear up its students for the global economy in the coming years, the only way forward is to find innovation at the grassroots and scale them up to improve the quality of education. ZIIEI is an answer to this call for action and its heroes are those teachers in every corner of the country who have come up with brilliant ideas solely through their individual efforts. This initiative is to recognise them, to bring their best practices alive in thousands of other schools, and create an ecosystem that facilitates sharing of knowledge and skills within the education fraternity,” said Sambhrant Sharma, Director, Education, Sri Aurobindo Society.

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