June 14, 2009 2:34:54 am
After years of being negligently shoved into government-run institutions and getting little or no education,homeless children finally have the hope of getting access to systematic education in the city. The Delhi government is planning to tie up with the National Open School to have exams at three levels in their institutions.
The project will be managed along with NGO Subhakishaka,which has a tie-up with National Open School. Subhakishaka,which has been handling similar projects all over the country,will also provide teaching staff.
The Social Welfare department is currently discussing the project with the Finance department. The project can take off only after it gets a nod in the Cabinet meeting, said a senior official of the Social Welfare department.
According to the plan,the NGO will categorise the children,admitted in the institutions run by the Social Welfare department,into three levels classes III,V and VIII. The National Open School will hold the exam at these levels and those who pass will be awarded certificates.
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The department has 26 institutions under its aegis,which house around 1,400 homeless children.
At present,there is no system in place for imparting a systematic,exam-based education to these children. Faced with a severe shortage of teachers,retired schoolteachers are employed to give lessons. The problem is that children from various backgrounds come to our homes. Some of these children have had formal education up to a certain level,while many have never seen a classroom. Teaching all of them together is difficult, said a senior official of the Social Welfare department.
The children who have previously attended school are sent to schools run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
The department is also planning to tie up with various other agencies to outsource various vocational training courses at their homes. We are also planning to get in touch with a catering institute to give cooking classes to women at Nirmal Chhaya as part of their corporate social responsibility, added the official. A formal certificate from the catering institute will help the women secure employment,department officials said.
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