Managing trustee of JEM Foundation Ruchi Narendran addresses the workshop at XLRI on Friday. (Bhola Prasad)
Premier B-school XLRI, Jusco Education Mission Foundation, Rotary Club of Jamshedpur and some 120 principals have joined hands to ensure every needy child of the city goes to school by 2015.
An action plan to achieve this ambitious target was discussed on the sidelines of a daylong workshop on Educating India: Every Child in School at XLRI on Friday.
At present, East Singhbhum has a literacy rate of 67 per cent, almost the same as the state’s average. It is unsatisfactory because the industrial district is also home to some of the finest schools of the state.
Chairperson of XLRI alumni association and senior faculty member Sharad Sarin — the key person behind this initiative — said principals of 120-odd private and state-run schools have pledged to join hands with them to eradicate illiteracy from the city by 2015.
“The response from principals was great,” said Sarin.
According to the action plan, schools will prepare a list, indicating the number of children who have never been to school or dropped out.
“The action plan will be executed in phases. In the first, the schools will identify children, residing within 2km of the cradle, who are not benefiting from the Right to Education Act. Once they table the data, we will host mini workshops to stress the importance of education,” said Sarin.
The workshops will be followed by counselling sessions with parents of needy children, where they will be urged to send their wards to schools.
“It is found that roadside vendors and other contract workers prefer to send their children off to work to get an earning member. Counselling such parents on the importance of sending their wards to school is vital,” Sarin said.
This will be followed by capacity building sessions for parents and teachers so that children learn better. “Parents and teachers must incorporate latest methodologies to make studies interesting,” he added.
Trustee of Tarapore Schools Bailey Bodhanwala, his DBMS Schools counterpart B. Chandrasekhar, initiative director of Mount Litera Zee Schools Lalita Sareen and chairperson of DBMS board of trustees B. Neelankanthan were some of the main speakers.
Programme co-ordinator of state HRD department Pramod Sinha was also present.