Literacy hope for dropouts
The Jharkhand Education Project (JEP) has joined hands with nine NGOs of the area to provide education to children who are either dropouts or have never attended schools.
Sources in JEP said that in a meeting held recently, the NGOs were asked to identify such students in the urban areas of the district. The district has been divided into nine zones for the purpose. Each NGO has been assigned two zones. The NGOs would identify the children and train them through workshops so that they are re-inducted into the schools.
A recent survey by JEP revealed that there are over 47,000 urban children (which constitutes about 60 percent) who are either dropouts, or have never attended schools. "Our primary objective is to bring these students into the mainstream by admitting them in either Government or Government-aided schools," said a senior JEP official. According to the official each NGO would be given Rs 1,500 for distributing study materials, including, slates and books among children. JEP resource person Vaidehi Mishra said the NGOs would be visiting highway motels and garages where most children are engaged as bonded labourers.
Source: The Telegraph
21 March 2003, Jamshedpur, India