Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Sarva Sikha Abhiyan (SSA) will launch neighbourhood learning centres that will offer personalised care and educational assistance to children hailing from backward communities in the State.

As a part of the programme, launched in association with the local self-government institutions, nearly 1,000 learning centres or ‘Padanaveedu’ will be set up to provide guidance and support to students belonging to the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Communities.

Pilot project

The programme is an extension of a similar project in Palakkad, Wayanad and Kasaragod districts.

According to B. Vijayakumar, State Project Director, SSA, the pilot programme conducted in the three districts was found be a success. This has prompted SSA to extend the project to other districts.

The three aforesaid districts had a high proportion of students belonging to the tribal community.

The learning centres had succeeded in bringing many students, who preferred to while away time in forests, into the world of letters.

Objective

But the objective of these centres will be quite different in Thrivaunathapuram where the emphasis would be more on guiding students in the right direction.

Students from Classes II to VII will be brought under the ambit of these learning centres.

Poems and stories

Volunteers at these centres will be given the responsibility of nurturing the latent inquisitiveness in the minds of children through interactive exercises.

Students will learn about environment, local cuisine and on how to write poems and short stories.

As per a study conducted by SSA among students in Palakkad, the training at these learning centres had a positive impact on the academic performance of students. There are 220 learning centres in Palakkad.

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