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School kids to learn to make handicrafts in Goa

School kids to learn to make handicrafts in Goa

TNN Jun 1, 2012, 04.24AM IST

PANAJI: The Goa Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has collaborated with the organization Jan Shiksha Saunsthan, linked with the union ministry of human resource development, to train over 22,000 girls in Classes VII and VIII in making of jute bags, candles, imitation jewellery and glass and nib painting. Boys from socially backward sections in four talukas will also be trained in the repair of home appliances.
"We have received a grant of 67 lakh from the central government for the training of the girls, which will be completed during the current academic year. The training will be imparted in the schools and a separate schedule will be drawn up for the purpose," Goa SSA project director Farell Furtado said.

She said the programme will also serve as basis for future employment avenues. "The programme's objective is to instill a love for art and craft work in the girls and provide opportunities for artistic expression as also potential for creating means of self-employment. It will also help foster an early spirit of entrepreneurship skills in children who are aesthetically gifted," Furtado said.
A skill development programme will be undertaken for boys from the scheduled tribes, scheduled castes, other backward classes and the minority communities for which the state has been granted 4.50 lakh by the central government. "Boys from classes VII and VIII will be trained in maintenance and repair of home appliances, as well as glass and nib painting, under the same programme by the Jan Shiksha Sansthan in Goa. It is an organization under the aegis of the Prabodhan Education Society that conducts short-term skills development programme for the union human resource development ministry," Furtado said.
A total of 1,500 boys-892 in south Goa and 608 in north Goa-are expected to be trained under the programme, mainly in the Canacona, Quepem, Sanguem and Sattari tribal belts. "We want to create a love for work and imbibe technical skills in the boys. It will help develop in them a flair and aptitude for technical work early on," Furtado said.
While the jute bag making course will be of a 30-day duration, candle and imitation jewellery-making will be courses stretched across 10 days each. Glass and nib painting will be taught over 30 days to the students and the course for maintenance and repair of home appliances for boys only will be of an equal duration.

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