Educational trips come calling to AIE centres

Expanding the horizon of learning,students of Alternative Innovative Education (AIE) Centres will be taken on ‘exposure visits’ like their counterparts in government schools.

Written by Anupam Bhagria | Ludhiana | Published: February 19, 2010 10:34:35 pm

Expanding the horizon of learning,students of Alternative Innovative Education (AIE) Centres will be taken on ‘exposure visits’ like their counterparts in government schools.

The students of AIE centres,running under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan,are presently on a visit to Pushpa Gujral Science City in Kapurthala.

Gurnam Singh,assistant co-ordinator for AIE centres in Ludhiana,said,“Around 360 students left for the Pushpa Gujral Science City along with volunteers on Thursday. SSA is bearing the entire cost of the trip,including transportation,refreshments. The entry fee for them has also been waived off.” There are 306 AIE centres in the district where nearly 2,100 children in the age group of 6 to 14 years are enrolled in Class I to V.

Amrinder Singh,district co-ordinator,said,“We plan to send other children on trips in the future as well.”

Under SSA,all school dropouts or children who do not go to school are admitted in AIE centres. “Children are educated according to their intelligence level and then shifted to the mainstream after a while. This way,they pass out from Class V with children of primary government schools.”

Muni Ram and Kanyawati,parents of wards studying in one of these centres said,“This is a very good scheme for students. We are poor and cannot take our children to such places but they can visit places of interest in other cities thanks to the initiative.”

Sudesh Sareen,a retired school teacher,said,“It is a welcome step as every child is an individual and they can do better if given a chance.”

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