Tuticorin: The Collector, R. Palaniyandi, on Saturday flagged off the `enrolment campaign rally' conducted under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Education for All) programme sponsored by the Department of Elementary Education and Literacy, Government of India.
About 2,000 children and 250 teachers from 75 schools situated in and around the town took part in the rally, which commenced at S A V school grounds and culminated at Victoria Girls' High school.
The Chief Educational Officer, D Hariharan, the Assistant District Program Co-ordinator of SSA, Kumara Das, and the Statistical Officer of SSA, P Murugesan, were present.
Later speaking to media persons, Dr. Palaniyandi said the district administration would take all efforts to ensure free and compulsory quality elementary education for children between 6 and 14 years of age in accordance with the constitutional commitments.
"Through enrolment campaigns, the administration aims at providing education for all `out of school' children in the district and thereby improve the talents embedded in them," he added.
He said quality and relevant education signified growth in children both materially and spiritually, which help them understand the importance of value-based learning.
The Collector said about 2,000 children had been identified in the district who were either school dropouts or not attending any school, and they would be enrolled into schools during the current academic year, by creating an awareness among their parents of the importance of education.
"These children would either be accommodated at the residential schools run at each of the 12 blocks under SSA or they would be merged into the main stream of education, accordingly," he added.