Ampersand Group successfully completes #ThankYouTeacher campaign across India as a mark of gratitude for teachers' efforts during COVID-19

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• The campaign was extended to over 25,000 students & teachers across India • 700 Balwadis in Mumbai under Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and 25 Anganwadis under the Ministry of Women & Child Development (MWCD) in Nashik were covered under the campaign • Ampersand powered Hubble Adarsh Schools that cater to the education delivery of more than 5,000 students in association with Punjab Education Development Board, Government of Punjab NEW DELHI, Sept. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ampersand Group successfully completed a pan-India Teacher's Day campaign as a mark of gratitude to teachers for their contribution in ensuring continuity of education during the COVID-19 pandemic and their role in strengthening the Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) as envisaged under the National Education Policy (NEP) approved by the Government of India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The #ThankYouTeacher campaign was launched across Balwadis, Anganwadis (ECCE centres) and Adarsh Schools that are under the aegis of various state governments and municipal bodies run through public-private partnerships (PPP) with education institutions powered by Ampersand Group.

This initiative covered over 700 Balwadis under the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, which achieved a total outreach of 20,000 students, 25 Anganwadis under the Ministry of Women & Child Development (MWCD) in Nashik (in Maharashtra) that was extended to over 600 students. Further, around 5000 students were covered under the programmes initiated across schools of Hubble Adarsh School in Punjab.

The #ThankYouTeacher campaign entailed students and teachers to share photos and videos as mark of their gratitude. In addition, a 'Plant a Tree' initiative was also held, under which students planted a tree with the name of a teacher on it. Self-shot videos and photographs of drawings, craft, song, poems, and other artistic creations dedicated to their teachers were also shared by students.

Over the past few months, Ampersand Group has successfully conducted teacher training projects through online mechanisms in Jammu & Kashmir and Tamil Nadu with the respective state governments,and Central Tibetan School Administration in Uttarakhand and West Bengal. In Maharashtra, Ampersand Group has initiated digitisation of classrooms, provided training and curriculum to the MCGM Balwadi teachers and MWCD Anganwadi workers in Nashik. In Punjab,it has undertaken management and operations of Adarsh School under the public private partnership model.

Elaborating on the Teachers' Day initiative, Mr. Vinesh Menon,CEO -Education, Skilling & Consultancy Services, Ampersand Group said,'Teachers were, are and will always be the pivot around whom a student's life will be nurtured. Our campaign on this day is a bit special. Apart from our gratitude to all the teachers for contributing selflessly and tirelessly to the betterment of students, the Ampersand group recognised all teachers who have moved away from their comfort zone and rose up to the occasion to ensure education continuity during the COVID 19 pandemic that unfortunately shut off access for children to schools. While we at Ampersand brought out innovative solutions to empower teachers to acquire the new skill-sets for delivering education through alternate technology powered medium, we would not have been successful but for the proactive and open minded willingness displayed by them to adapt and adopt new ways teaching despite many challenges faced in their environment.' As a PPP partner, Ampersand Group has helped build a better infrastructure that includes provisioning for hygiene and safety measures, and establishing modern tracking and assessment processes. It also helps in developing state-of-the-art lesson plans and designing of modern age appropriate curriculum, curated by teams of experts including academicians and pedagogical specialists. Ampersand also aids in establishment of fully-equipped contemporary classrooms with e-learning facilities and app-based learning modules. Comprehensive teachers' training programmes are held from time-to-time to enable teachers to learn new skills for online education delivery, latest teaching methodologies and childcare knowledge. The teachers are trained by professional educational trainers through patented software and various class activities.

The Ampersand Group also released two videos showcasing the activities which the students participated across hundreds of schools to honour their teachers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZwuJrw0XZ8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWRJiOOVdG4 About Ampersand Group: Ampersand Group is a global leader in providing complete solutions in school operations and end-to-end school management services to private institutions and government-run Public-Private Partnership projects in India and other developing nations across the world. The Ampersand Group was founded in 2004 by Mr. Rustom Kerawalla, a renowned Edupreneur with a vision to transform the educational ecosystem through consistent innovation and use of emerging technologies; to build a modern preschool and K12 education systems, which are equitable and accessible to all. The Group showcases its excellence in the K12 education through its flagship brand - VIBGYOR Group of Schools, a state-of-the-art institution built with a vision of providing high-quality education to young minds for their holistic growth in today's times. Today, the Ampersand is well poised to achieve its vision to bring transformation to more than 10 million lives through its contribution in both the public and private domains.

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