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'Shiksha Rakhis' for school dropouts

'Shiksha Rakhis' for school dropouts

Madhuri Kumar, TNN Aug 3, 2012, 05.49AM IST

PATNA: 'Rakshabandhan' or 'Rakhi', a special occasion celebrated to enjoy the emotional bonding of brother and sister by tying a beautiful thread, was celebrated in a number of schools in the city in a unique manner.
Students of several government schools and a few private schools, including Narayani Kanya Madhya Vidyalaya, Sudershan Central School, Patna City, Julie School and Nari Gunjan etc, tied 'Shiksha Rakhis' on wrists of out-of-school and dropout children residing in and around their school premises. "The 'Shiksha Rakhis', which schoolchildren, especially members of Meena Manch and Bal Sansad, tied, pulsated with love and sublime sentiments of the kids. The message 'School Aao' has a great emotional appeal and will definitely motivate the children," said a schoolteacher, Anita Prasad.

"This is an ongoing drive and on Friday also the campaign will be undertaken in Madhya Vidyalaya, Ramji Chak, Patna, Primary School, Kathpul Mandiri, and City Public School, Pashchim Darwaza. In fact, our aim is to enrol every out-of-school children in school and ensure that their right to education is protected," said a Bihar Education Project (BEP) official.
It may be mentioned here that the programme has been launched by the state government and BEP in 50 schools of the town and 10 private schools have also joined the initiative. Unicef has also extended its support to the programme.
"The ritual of tying a thread not only strengthens the bond of love but also underscores the need for a harmonious social life, where every individual can coexist peacefully. This 'Shiksha Rakhi' will not only strengthen the bond between children coming from various strata of society but will help in implementation of children's right to education," said an official of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
Despite being a holiday in schools on Thursday, some children of the select schools, after collecting 'rakhis' moved around in nearby slums and other places where the number of out-of-school children is more. After tying 'rakhi', they also offered sweets and motivated their parents to send their wards to school.
Sweety, a Class VI girl said, "I tied 'Shiksha Rakhi' to a few children who instead of coming to school are busy playing the whole day or roaming here and there." Shikha, a Class VII student, said, "After tying 'rakhi' to both my elder brothers, I quickly came to school to tie 'rakhi' on the wrists of deprived children. I enjoyed the day and am also excited about its outcome."

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