NGO awarded for novel work

Staff Correspondent

‘Strengthens our resolve to bring more deprived children into mainstream education’

DEHRA DUN: A Dehra Dun-based NGO, Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK), has won the SKOCH Challengers’ Award-2009 for innovation and excellence in the field of education.

Announcing this here over the weekend, RLEK chairperson Avdhash Kaushal said the recognition had further strengthened the organisation’s resolve to include more of the deprived children into mainstream education.

The award has been given in recognition of the RLEK role in imparting education to adults and children of extremely neglected classes of Uttarakhand over the past several decades. RLEK was instrumental in starting an adult education programme with the Van Gujjar community for the first time in 1992 and over a period of next four years 21,000 Van Gujjar adults were made literate. The success of the literacy program led to demands for a children’s education programme, thus creating the first generation of literates among the nomadic Van Gujjars. “RLEK is presently running two mobile schools, four formal schools for the children of the Van Gujjar community and 14 primary schools for the rural hill community in the remote areas of Dehra Dun, Uttarkashi and Tehri districts,” Mr. Kaushal said.

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