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Back-to-school plan for kids

Ten children from Jharkhand on Wednesday took part in a national-level programme, which aims to bring back street children to schools, in New Delhi.

Launched by the Union ministry for women and child development in association with National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), under the ‘Street to School’ campaign, school dropouts, child labour and street children from across the country will be provided education and rehabilitation.

Union minister for women and child development Krishna Tirath did the honours. Apart from the 10 children from Jharkhand, there were 500 others who attended the programme.

In Jharkhand, however, the State Commission for Protection of Child Right (SCPCR) has been entrusted with the task of launching and carrying out this campaign.

SCPCR will launch the drive on March 11. They will take the help of Indian Institute of Management-Ranchi (IIM-R) students to prepare a detailed report on such children.

Under the campaign, these children will not attend schools, but private classes. SCPCR members are already in talks with various private schools to arrange for space to conduct these classes. Each of these private classes will have five teachers.

However, the children will not only attend these classes, they will be also be given proper food, medical support and psychological aid. Besides, the children will be made to undergo art, play, music therapy and psychological therapies to overcome hurdles.

Speaking to The Telegraph, SCPCR member Sanjay Mishra said IIM-R students are collecting data. “Within two-three days, the project report will be in front of us,” Mishra added.

According to an NCPCR survey, about 50 per cent children across India in the age group of six to 14 do not attend school and half of the girls drop out by the age of 12. In Jharkhand, similar situation prevails.