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NGO�s bid to help school dropouts

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 27 � In view of the high school drop-out rate on the outskirts of the capital city, the Society for Social Transformation and Environment Protection which has been working for the uplift of underprivileged children, is concentrating on home-to- home visit under its area development programme to ensure that poor children get the opportunity to complete their education.

It needs to be mentioned here that under the area development programme of the society, which was launched in 2008 to cover Lokhra and its surrounding locations, mostly need-based activities are undertaken. The society has been interacting with the local people, documenting their problems and suggesting solutions to their grievances.

�We have found that the education of the children here suffer because of poor economic background. So we are now giving priority to education of children,� said Baijayanti Kalita, a member of the society.

The society in its study of the socio-economic scenario of the villages mostly dominated by tribal people has found that the livelihood source of the tribal people has been hampering the education of the children.

�Most of the people are daily wage earners, some collect firewood and sell in the market, some sell home-made liquor. The financial constraints in the family compel many to drop out of school,� said Kalita, adding that the society has arranged for such dropout children to attend school again.

The society is regularly conducting coaching classes for the children in the tribal villages and personality development programmes in an effort to minimise the school drop-out rate. Recently, it organised an art and quiz contests for tribal children.

�We felt that home-to-home visit would be effective in making the people aware about the need of education for their children. This method has helped us know the problems of the people as well as in motivating them,� said Kalita.

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NGO�s bid to help school dropouts

GUWAHATI, Oct 27 � In view of the high school drop-out rate on the outskirts of the capital city, the Society for Social Transformation and Environment Protection which has been working for the uplift of underprivileged children, is concentrating on home-to- home visit under its area development programme to ensure that poor children get the opportunity to complete their education.

It needs to be mentioned here that under the area development programme of the society, which was launched in 2008 to cover Lokhra and its surrounding locations, mostly need-based activities are undertaken. The society has been interacting with the local people, documenting their problems and suggesting solutions to their grievances.

�We have found that the education of the children here suffer because of poor economic background. So we are now giving priority to education of children,� said Baijayanti Kalita, a member of the society.

The society in its study of the socio-economic scenario of the villages mostly dominated by tribal people has found that the livelihood source of the tribal people has been hampering the education of the children.

�Most of the people are daily wage earners, some collect firewood and sell in the market, some sell home-made liquor. The financial constraints in the family compel many to drop out of school,� said Kalita, adding that the society has arranged for such dropout children to attend school again.

The society is regularly conducting coaching classes for the children in the tribal villages and personality development programmes in an effort to minimise the school drop-out rate. Recently, it organised an art and quiz contests for tribal children.

�We felt that home-to-home visit would be effective in making the people aware about the need of education for their children. This method has helped us know the problems of the people as well as in motivating them,� said Kalita.