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Teachers' camp for bidi kids

Malda, April 21: Interactive Education, a Calcutta-based NGO, today started a four-day camp for teachers who will be trained to teach child labourers working in bidi factories.

The programme ' part of the Union labour ministry's National Child Labour Scheme, which is trying to wean away children from the trade ' is being held at Benoy Sarkar Atithi Awas here.

'The central scheme aims at benefiting people engaged in making bidis. The profession has a large number of children involved and most of them suffer from several diseases,' said additional district magistrate Abdul Khalek, who inaugurated the programme. Forty schools have been set up in the district since November 18 last year when the National Child Labour Scheme was launched here.

Interactive Education has been entrusted with evolving the syllabus. 'The syllabus, similar to that of government schools, is meant for three years and will ensure that the students get admitted to Class VI at any school in the district,' said Tanmay Bhattacharya of Interactive Education. The subjects will be taught through compact disc displays 'The teachers are being trained for the purpose,' he said.

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