Smriti Zubin Irani, the Minister of Women and Child Development and Minority Affairs in the Indian government, has unveiled Boeing’s initiatives for literacy and healthcare in the Amethi district of Uttar Pradesh. In an event held on Friday, she introduced Boeing’s Room to Read literacy program and a medical diagnostic centre by Doctors for You (DFY) in Amethi.
Under these initiatives, Boeing will collaborate with Room to Read, a well-known global non-profit organisation, to implement a literacy program across Amethi in 60 selected primary schools. This effort aims to foster independent readers and lifelong learners and will span over the next four years.
The medical diagnostic centre, funded by Boeing, will provide advanced medical equipment such as CT scans, digital X-rays, and ultrasound machines. This centre, operated by DFY, will offer free medical tests to those in need for the next three years. Additionally, the centre will contribute by providing training to medical technicians and paramedics.
During the inauguration ceremony in Amethi, Minister Irani was joined by prominent government and district officials, as well as key figures, including Praveena Yagnambhat from Boeing India, Poornima Garg from Room to Read India, and Ravikant Singh, the Founder of DFY.
Minister Irani emphasised the government’s dedication to ensuring quality education and healthcare access at the grassroots level in Amethi. She commended Boeing’s collaboration with ‘Room to Read and Doctors For You’, expressing how these initiatives will significantly contribute to primary education and improved healthcare accessibility in the region.
Salil Gupte, the President of Boeing India, highlighted the importance of nurturing children’s curiosity and imagination to pave the way for future innovators. He also stressed the significance of providing sustainable healthcare solutions to diverse communities, showcasing Boeing’s commitment to literacy, education, and healthcare through its partnerships with Room to Read and Doctors for You.
The Room to Read program will involve setting up library rooms in the designated 60 schools. These rooms will have modern amenities like books, reading tables, open bookshelves, and display units to facilitate a conducive learning environment. Furthermore, the program will actively engage families and communities through various means such as meetings, events, summer camps, parental orientation, school management committee training, and reading campaigns.