School enrolment campaign

School enrolment campaign for the academic year 2012-13 to bring out of school children to classrooms was started in Karamadi block by Community Awareness Research Education Trust (CARE-T) last week.

Training programmes for members of Velliangudu panchayat body, sensitisation of parents to child labour and Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, were conducted by the NGO, according to S.M. Prithiviraj director of CARE-T.

The training held as part of the project titled ‘Reduction of Worst For of Child Labour’ (ROWCL) was launched by the NGO to prevent child labour in textile industries. It was launched in November 2011 in the districts of Coimbatore, Dindugal, Pudukottai and Virudhanagar with the support of local administrative bodies, Self Help Groups and Terre Des Hommes, Germany .

According to the NGO, incidence of child labour was high in 12 blocks in these districts. More number of out of school children were identified in the tribal pockets and among backward communities in these districts. The members of the NGO said that the employers exploited young people, especially women, in the name of various labour schemes. The campaign aimed to prevent school students from dropping out of schools to work at industries like textile mills.

According to Mr. Prithviraj, the campaign was launched because many out of school went identified during the survey conducted by the Education Department through Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). As many as 47 out of children left out of SSA survey were identified in Coimbatore district alone.

Similar campaigns were being held at Valparai, Anamalai, Karamadai and Perur blocks and will be on till July. The NGO also provided vocational training in areas like computer training and tailoring for students who had completed Standard X.

P. Jeevanatham, panchayat president, S. Padmapriya, vice-president, M. Mothiraj, Overall coordinator of ROWCL, P. Sampson, field coordinator, CARE-T and members of panchayat and village education Committees were present during the training programme.

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