The are studying in the training centre set up by NCLP
Here the students speak both Telugu as well as their mother tongue, Gujarati. They attend classes in the special training centre in the day and help their parents in their work during night and on holidays. About 50 children of Gujarati families, who migrated to the State, are studying in the training centre set up by National Child Labour Project (NCLP) at Jakkampudi. The families eke out their livelihood by selling toys and old clothes.
“Earlier we used to help our parents selling toys at Besant Road, Lenin Centre and other junctions. After the special training centre has been set up, we joined the school. Now we are making toys after school hours”, said the young artisans.
Nearly 100 Gujarati families migrated to the city some 50 years ago and settled at Wynchipeta, Nizam Gate and other areas in the city. Government shifted them into JNNURM Housing Colony constructed at Jakkampudi, on the city outskirts.
The NCLP officials, who noticed dropouts and children who never enrolled at the colony, opened a special school for them. They went door-to-door and enrolled the children in first to seventh classes.
“I will assist my parents in making and selling the toys in the market. I made Lord Ganesh idols, huts, bullock carts and utensils with paper and clay”, said a student Rani.
“We want to educate our children as we are illiterates and give them a good life. If the government arrange a high school for girls, we are ready to send the girls too”, said a family head Sivoriya Jitender.
“The project authorities are running the special school with the help of an NGO, Grama Seva Samithi (GSS). NCLP will join the students in the mainstream after giving training for a few months. We also appointed a vocational trainer to teach sewing, and embroidery,” NCLP in-charge Project Director D. Anjaneya Reddy.
“Though they migrate from Gujarat, they prefer to learn the local language. We are teaching in Telugu, and the children are speaking and writing Telugu fluently,” said GSS organiser P. Ratnam.