The part of seven sisters of India – the north hilly state of Tripura is all set to provide education to all including the differently-abled and out-of-school children under the banner ‘Vidyalaya Chalo Abhiyan’. The special drive launched by the Tripura Government aims to bring every single child aged 6-14-years to schools – as told to the media persons by Uttam Kumar Chakma, Tripura’s elementary education department director.
As per the week-long programme that has been launched under the centrally-sponsored Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the volunteers thus appointed by the government would visit the homes to the differently-abled children who are unable to attend schools so as to teach them. 52 observers to oversee the ‘Vidyalaya Chalo Abhiyan’ and 50 volunteers have been appointed by the elementary education department to provide home-based education to the differently-abled children who are unable to come to schools.
The step has been taken after a recent survey held, in which it was found that there are around 568 children across Tripura who were left out from receiving formal education before the beginning of this year’s academic session from Monday. As of now, there are as many as 3,700 schools for 5,69,512 students up to the 8th standard having a literacy rate stands at 96.82 percent.
In the year 2009, an innovative special enrolment drive program – Vidyalaya ST Cholo Abhiyan was organized in the state on the similar notes. During this special enrollment drive program, 1,820 children could be identified as out-of-school in addition to 4,272 out-of-school children identified earlier in household survey 2008 (July 2008). Out of total 6,092 (4272+1820) identified out-of-school children, 4,491 such children could be enrolled in schools and alternative schools leaving 1,601 children were also enrolled as the year passed by.
The magnitude of residual 1,601 out-of-school children included 364 disabled children (CWSN), having profound disability means completely not in a position to attend school. It was then decided to provide education to them through the intervention of Home Based Education under Inclusive Education program and rest 1,237 children still remaining out-of-schooling system were covered under alternative schooling interventions during 2009-10.