News N. 8/140   21/06/2019

TN’s First Underprivileged School To Be Awarded IGBC Platinum Certification

The Cuomo Foundation, a Monaco-based humanitarian organisation which creates and empowers diverse projects around the world, is proud to inaugurate the Amala Annai Higher Secondary School in Mambakkam. A groundbreaking institution, the school sets a new benchmark in education for disadvantaged communities through exceptional design, innovative tech and high quality teaching facilities. It is the first school of its kind in Tamil Nadu to gain the ‘‘Platinum – National Excellence’’ rating of the Indian Green Building Council. The school will be inaugurated on June 20th 2019..

Ms. Maria Elena Cuomo, the President of Cuomo Foundation, will receive the IGBC plaque from Mr. Raghavendran (Chairman of the Tamil Nadu chapter of the IGBC) at the inauguration. Built at a cost of €1.4 million, the school was designed by principal architect Priya Lourduraj and adheres to strict guidelines on the usage of sustainable resources and eco-friendly architecture methods. It has 21 well-ventilated classrooms built around 2 green atriums, separate physics, chemistry and biology laboratories, a library, IT and audio-visual centres, an auditorium, separate toilet blocks and expansive outdoor sports facilities. The school will provide educational opportunities up to the 12th standard to 800 disadvantaged students.

The Cuomo Foundation has worked in Tamil Nadu for over 20 years. Their earlier projects in the field of education for disadvantaged communities in the state include the school that was recently renamed as the Alfredo Cuomo Higher Secondary School, Sendivakkam, which has given thousands of children from the village access to complete schooling and opportunities beyond the same. The Amala Annai Higher Secondary School is the 7th school project serving under-resourced students in Tamil Nadu which the Cuomo Foundation has completed since 2001.

The Cuomo Foundation’s international projects have included the world-class Centre Cardio-Pédiatrique in Senegal and a scholarship programme in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which enables PhD students from underdeveloped countries to conduct environmental research.

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