Drive to apprise SC/ST children of educational opportunities

CURIOUS: Children from SC/ST communities at the inaugural function of ‘Kalajatha’ at Malali near Mangalore on Sunday.

CURIOUS: Children from SC/ST communities at the inaugural function of ‘Kalajatha’ at Malali near Mangalore on Sunday.  

Staff Correspondent

‘Kalajatha’ to traverse through villages in next four days

Authorities concerned with increasing dropouts from SC/STs

Feedback to be put before Education Department

MANGALORE: A five-day drive to apprise students from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes on education opportunities got under way at Malali near here on Sunday. The drive has been taken up by Mangalore taluk unit of Education Resource Centre, in association with the Block Education Office, Ganjimath Gram Panchayat and Gram Panchayat Education Committee of Ganjimath.

Reni D’ Souza, director of Valored, a non-governmental organisation involved in the drive, said the “Kalajatha” was a part of the drive and would traverse through Vamanjoor, Gurupura-Kaikamba, Ullal-Thokkottu junction, areas in Ullal town municipal council limits, Ullal-Deralakatte, Mulki-Karnad junction and Katipalla second block in the next four days. Abdul Majid, president of the panchayat, inaugurated the “jatha”.


The number of school dropouts from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes communities had increased in the region. The aim of the drive was to visit the places in Mangalore taluk where people from these communities lived in large numbers and ascertain from them the reasons for their children dropping out of schools, he said and added that education was a basic right of every child.

The feedback obtained from these communities during the drive would be passed on to Education Department. This would help them come up with specific programmes to address the problems of these communities in the next academic, he said.

Some of the reasons for children dropping out of schools could be related to their social and economic background. Departments concerned too would be apprised of such findings, he said.

Handbills highlighting the various programmes being taken up by the Education Department to ensure quality education in schools were distributed among the people on Sunday. Street plays and songs on education too form a part of the “kalajatha”.

Mr. Majid said Ganjimath Gram Panchayat would ensure that children in its limits returned to schools from next year. The gram panchayat, which helped children from Koraga community in joining schools in the past, would help children from SC/ST communities the same way. “This panchayat has reserved a plot for an anganwadi centre at Malali,” he added.

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