AMC plans ‘education on wheels’ for slum children

After failing to get students to its schools,the Ahmedabad Municipal School Board will reach out to children with schools at their doorsteps.

Written by RituSharma | Ahmedabad | Published: July 5, 2012 4:30:40 am

After failing to get students to its schools,the Ahmedabad Municipal School Board will reach out to children with schools at their doorsteps. The innovative “education on wheels” or “ghar aangne shala avi” project with a budget of Rs 1.20 crore to be launched by the AMC this month that will enrol and teach children in slum areas in both morning and evening shifts.

To be floated with seven vehicles,these mobile schools will cover those areas where either the Municipal Corporation failed to open a school or the enrolment in municipal schools has been very poor. Some of the areas that have already been identified include Bapunagar,Nikol,Vatva,Danilimda,Lambha and Behrampura.

The seven buses have already been received by the corporation. The capacity of these mobile schools is 18-20 students and two teachers. Equipped with an LCD,a computer,printer,generator set,tube light and a fan,these vehicles will visit the designated areas in two shifts of five hours each.

“Recently,the budget of Rs 1.20 crore was received under the Swarnim Jayanti Mukhyamantri Shaheri Vikas Yojana. Each vehicle has been procured with an estimated cost of Rs 18 lakh. After a few modalities pertaining to schedule and areas,the project will be launched within a month,” said administrative officer of Municipal School Board L D Desai.

The Board is also planning to start a similar project — laboratory on wheels — for school children from Class VI-VIII. “With the schools divided into lower and upper primary sections,the need of practical exposure and training to the students is very important. The project will be carried out with MJ Library which has a similar vehicle that the Board is proposing to use as the laboratory,” said Municipal School Board chairman Jagdish Bhavsar.

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