Migrant labourers desire better life for their children

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Narnaul, Dec 16 (UNI) The migrant labourers of a construction site in the town are a happy lot with the performance of an alternative education school opened within their dwelling place for imparting education to their children and helping them to earn.

This school has been opened under the Project for Street Children.

''Our lives are virtually over, but at least our children will be able to lead a better life'' a labourer, Kana Ram who has been sending his four children to the school said.

The views of Kana Ram was ecohed by other families who do not want their children should live the kind of life that they have lived. Their children should have a brighter and better future after getting educated.

A district official when contacted said the school was opened by Bal Bhawan, Narnaul under the Project for Street Children.

The objective of the project was to provide integrated community based non-institutional basic services for the care and protection of street children facing destitution, neglect and abuse.

The school was located right within the settlement of the labourers and it offers a healthy environment where the children are given basic literacy inputs, vocational training such as painting and envelope making.

The children are also provided midday meals and monthly health camps are organised for them and lessons in personal hygiene are also imparted. A TV set has also been provided for the children for their recreation.

A majority of the children at the school belong to the Bahat community and it takes a great deal of effort to convince parents to send their children to school. The project also attempts to impart some productive skills to the children so that they could also earn while they learn.

It was an intervention aimed at facilitating a re-integration of the child into the formal school system. It acts as a bridge in the development of the child.

The success of the project depends on the commitment of the street educators and on a sensitive society that knows the needs of these children.


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