Govt, Unicef plan education on wheels for slum, street kids

Govt, Unicef plan education on wheels for slum, street kids
Tenzing Lamsang

New Delhi, May 2: Buses will be used as mobile education resource centers for the first time to educate slum children, street children and those in red light areas as per a joint project by the central and state governments along with Unicef.

Government officials say corporate houses have evinced interest and are willing to fund the project, which is part of the Delhi government’s pilot project — Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

Unicef Education Project Officer V Ramchandani said, “The buses will be designed to include a mini-library, audio-video equipment and latest st-udent-friendly teaching aids.”

Delhi Project manager for SSA Doctor VP Singh said, “High quality teaching aids like animated books, CDs, education films developed under Unicef’s Meena Education Program will be provided in the bus.”

Initially, two buses provided by the Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation will be redesigned, officials said. The bus, which will be designed so that it can reach crowded slums, will cover four areas a day. The bus, on reaching a particular area, will ring an alarm signalling its arrival.

Focus will be on school drop-outs and children who have never gone to school. The bus will also be instrumental in spreading awareness on malaria, dengue and environment, officials added.

A teacher trainer, a community development worker, a counsellor and a qualified teacher will form the crew, apart from the driver.

“NGOs will play a prominent role as many are already on the ground. Once the project gets off, they will also be asked to handle these buses,” said Ramchandani.

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