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Prayagraj: Free Education To Labourers' Children In 'Magh Mela 2020'

Publish On: 06 Jan, 2020 09:19 PM | Updated   |   Arnima  

Prayagraj: The casual labourers, engaged for better management of the 43-day annual religious event 'Magh Mela', will also get an opportunity to let their kids study under qualified teachers. For the first time, the Magh Mela will witness two makeshift schools being set up in the tent city by the Uttar Pradesh Education Department.

According to the education ministry, the objective of this step is to impart quality education to kids of workers who belong to weaker section of society, who come with their parents from different states to the Magh Mela.Many children do accompany their parents who work as labourers in Magh Mela. These families along with their children come from states like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh.

Block Education Officer Santosh Yadav said, "The schools will have children of age group between 6 and 14 years. There would be no periodical assessments. The education department would also see that children get nutritious mid day meal. The department will make these arrangements in Magh Mela 2020 for the children of those labourers who would offer their services here."

There were five schools set up in Kumbh 2019 also, but this time only two schools would be set up by the department.

The School setup:

  1. The official stated that lands have been allotted and the process has begun of setting up the makeshift schools.
  2. Schools will have 5 qualified teachers who have been selected by the authorities.
  3. Surveys are being conducted to identify the kids of the workers who can be enrolled here.
  4. The department has planned to start the school within the next 3 to 4 days and the classes would continue till February.
  5. The Magh Mela will formally conclude with Mahashivratri on February 21 but the classes would be taken up till February end.
  6. The schools' setup would be fully equipped with drinking water, furniture, electricity and toilet facilities for students.Besides the education the kids would also be provided with free of cost books, a pair of school uniform, school bag and stationery.
  7. These kids would be taught the basics of Hindi, Science, Mathematics and English. The BEO said that schools will have 5 classrooms and would also have a kitchen garden where vegetables would be grown with involvement of kids. These vegetables will further be used in mid day meals.