Collector C. Samayamoorthy inaugurated a residential institution set up for school dropout children at Puliampatti near here on Monday.

The facility named as Residential Bridge Camp (RBC) was developed by Hand In Hand, an NGO, with the funding support from Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Europe-based Primark Better Lives Foundation, in an attempt to rehabilitate the school dropout as well as never-enrolled children and thereby, to reduce the possibilities of them turning into child labourers.

Hand In Hand senior project coordinator Lokesh Kumar Ganapathy said that bridge courses would be offered to a total of 45 school dropouts from Palladam and Kangayam blocks at the RBC.

"We will give residential education to the children enrolled at the RBC for 18 months before mainstreaming them into regular schools," he added.

The students would be taught using Activity Based Learning (ABL) techniques. A library and computers had been provided at the RBC to enhance the general knowledge of children.

The RBC at Puliampatti, according to Mr Ganapathy, is the eighth such institution set up by Hand In Hand in the state.

He added that the NGO had, so far, created 610 child friendly panchayats in the state spread over the districts of Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Vellore.

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