From 8 to 12 July 2017, representatives of the Cuomo Foundation traveled to Tamil Nadu, South-East India. The trip was organised to analyse the ongoing projects and their future perspectives in this region where the Foundation has been present since 1999. During the visit, work sessions took place with various Indian partners including the Roman Catholic Church and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM).
Among the ongoing projects visited during the stay is the flagship school in Mambakkam. It is competing to become the first Indian high school run by the Church to obtain the LEED certification. The coveted acknowledgment is granted by the Indian Green Building Council, a leading governing body working toward country's energy transition.
Designed by an Indian female architect and made with local labor and materials, the new school is equipped with photovoltaic panels.
Today, the construction and equipment of the school, boasting a capacity of 800 students, is nearing completion. At the opening, the building will accommodate 544 pupils from 11 to 16 years old, counting no less than 290 girls.
In this context, the Cuomo Foundation works hand-in-hand with its Indian partners to boost the prospects for the innovative school complexe. With this in mind, a work session had been organised with the management of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Recognised as an establishment of National Importance by the Indian Government, the Chennai-based engineering institute is one of the most prestigious universities of the country. The IITM is in the process of becoming a valuable ally in the Foundation’s quest to explore professional perspectives for students passing out from the Indian schools it supports. The process will particularly take into account today’s climatic and socio-economic challenges.
This future collaboration with the IITM will respond to a willing, shared by both entities, to facilitate the adaptation of the young generations to an ever changing world, competitive, interconnected and virtual—unmerciful for the most vulnerable.