Mumbai & New York: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced that it has won the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2019 Citizens Award in the category of Best Commitment to Education Program for its Ignite My Future in School (IMFIS) program.
The Annual Citizens Awards program recognizes innovative and impactful corporate citizenship initiatives, from disaster relief to economic empowerment, health and wellness to education, and corporate stewardship through business with purpose.
“We are honored to be recognized for the transformative impact that our Ignite My Future in School program has had on U.S. education,” said Balaji Ganapathy, Head, Workforce Effectiveness, TCS.
“We are dedicated to building on the program’s success to provide every educator, student and school system access to the transdisciplinary resources that drive computational thinking – the foundational skill for 21st century careers,” Ganapathy added.
The IMFIS program, offered free of charge, democratizes the adoption of computational thinking among educators and students through a transdisciplinary teaching approach that integrates the foundational skill into core subjects like math, science, art, and social studies.
Designed to empower U.S. educators, the program provides best-in-class professional development, first-of-its-kind computational thinking resources that are aligned to national standards and frameworks, an interactive digital platform, a community of teacher leaders, and year-round engagement, said a TCS Press release.
Since its launch in 2017, the program has reached more than 10,000 teachers across 91 school districts and almost 600,000 students, of which over 70 percent are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. TCS’ says its vision is for IMFIS to impact 20,000 teachers and one million students by 2021.
“Every day, businesses, such as TCS, serve as a powerful force for good in communities across the U.S. and in countries around the world. They solve today’s greatest challenges through innovation, expertise, efficiency, capital, and collaboration,” said Marc Decourcey, Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber Foundation.
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