With the launch of ‘Vidya Rath: Schools of Wheels’ project on Independence Day, the Assam government aims to impart education to children of the economically weaker sections and bring them to the conventional education system.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma launched the project to impart elementary education to the underprivileged children for 10 months in order to prepare them for admission in regular schools.
Such children will be given free midday meals, uniforms and textbooks under the project.
“The India of our dreams cannot be achieved without the uplift of the socio-economically disadvantaged sections. The Vidya Rath project will go a long way in imparting education to the children of these sections and empowering them academically,” Mr. Sarma said after rolling out the schools on wheels from the Gauhati High Court premises.
“Our children are the future of the nation. It is extremely painful to see many of our children begging on the streets or picking up garbage and scrap instead of going to schools to frame the foundations of the country’s future,” he said.
Mr. Sarma said many children drop out of schools owing to financial difficulties of their families and take to substance abuse. “A chunk of them have been outside formal education despite the best efforts of the central and state governments,” he added.
The Chief Minister appreciated every stakeholder of Vidya Rath, including Assam State Legal Services Authority, Gauhati High Court Legal Services Committee, Assam State Transport Corporation, Assam Sarba Siksha Mission and various NGOs, for coming together for this noble cause.