Saturday, March 23, 2013

SSA to train 22,741 out-of-school kids

SSA to train 22,741 out-of-school kids

21st March 2013 10:42 AM
The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has identified 22,741 out-of-school children (OOSC) this year who will undergo special residential, non-residential programmes and other programmes aimed at mainstreaming them.
Of the 22,741 OOSC, 11,995 children will receive special mainstreaming training for three months under the Chinnara Angala programme. The remaining children will be mainstream­ed through the National Child Labour Programme, Madrasas, tent schools, backward classes residential homes among other programmes.
The SSA, a nodal agency for universalisation of elementary education, will conduct these programmes from April 15 to July 14. The concerned resource persons will have to formulate programmes to suit the child’s preparedness for mainstream schooling.
The OOSC comprise those who have never enrolled in schools or those who have dropped out at some level.
The agency will spend `1,500 for each child enrolled in non-residential courses and `5,000 for those in residential courses, covering the expenses of food, stationery, learning materials, uniforms, field trips, medical examination and other overheads.
Subodh Yadav, SSA state project director, said the final budget outlay for OOSC will be confirmed after the annual work plan meeting in April. “There are some activities that we need to start immediately even without funds, and Chinnara Angala is one such programme. We will start with the pre-programme activities first,” he said.

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