Monday, May 19, 2008

Ray of hope for coalfield slum kids

Government schemes are virtually unheard of in the coalfield slums. But here, 130 children get education, thanks to an NGO.

It was the “call of humanity” that gave birth to Manav, an organisation working to uplift underprivileged children in the slums of the coalfield. These children now have school uniform and go to school with a satchel slung across their shoulders. They would not have been able to read had it not been for Manav.

The NGO, formed 11 months ago, is made up of five teachers and a couple of bank employees. The children, between five and eight years, are taught in two centres.

Manav’s greatest achievement is bringing girls from conservative Muslim families to the school. More than 60 per cent of the 80 children at its centre in Chauthaikulhi are Muslims. At the other centre in Bokapahari, 50 children have registered.

“The urge to study is quite strong in the children of the helpless parents. This helped us to get them here to educate them. We are following the CBSE board of primary education and have appointed three teachers at Chauthaikulhi and two at Bokapahari,” said Kamlesh Prasad Singh, the secretary of Manav.

Here, even parents follow their children to the centre to learn different means to earn their livelihood.

“I feel excited to come to school everyday and don’t want to miss any class,” said Raju, a seven-year-old son of a daily wager.

During summer, classes start from 6am and continue till 9am. In winter, the centre functions 7am to 10am.

Singh, who is also the principal of Indian School of Learning at Bhagabandh, is trying to arrange for funds.

“We are arranging money from our friends but we also need government support,” said the organisation’s treasurer H.P. Thakur.

Source: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080517/jsp/jharkhand/story_9283244.jsp

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