DIBRUGARH, March 14 - A programme on �Teacher Education Programme For Pre School And Primary School� was organised today in the Department of Education premises of Dibrugarh University. The programme was a collaborative effort of CHAI Project implemented by Socio Educational Welfare Association (SEWA) and Dibrugarh University.
The training programme has been customised for a period of 15 days wherein 18 youths identified from different tea estates of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia will be undergoing training sessions in alternative teaching techniques and methods to inculcate good educational practices in the lower education system, thus enabling and developing children for higher studies. The training programme is an initiative which is a direct product of a MoU that was signed between SEWA and Dibrugarh University to work together for achieving the goal towards a better and developed society in general and the tea community in particular. The training will be facilitated by the Department of Education, Dibrugarh University, Assam.
The objective of the training programme is to build the capacities of the identified youths from tea estates and engage them in community building process for bringing about a change in the community through education from the very grassroot level. These youths will act as agents of change, trying to revive the already below average education status in the tea gardens of Assam. This training will help in bridging the gap of education facilities in the tea estates and bring up the literacy rates in the otherwise, poor education scenario of tea estates in Assam. The principle of �Downward Filtration Process� fits well for this training programme wherein, the trained youths will filter the process of educating the community through motivation, awareness generation and sensitisation.
The inauguration programme was hosted by Dr Pranjal Buragohain, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Dibrugarh University. The inauguration programme was participated by several distinguished guests from Dibrugarh University including Prof Ajanta B Rajkonwar, Dean, School of Commerce and Management Science, Prof Mukut Hazarika, Dean, School of Education, Prof Kalpana Deka Kalita, Director Incharge, Centre for Studies in Geography, Prof Neeta Kalita Barua, Department of Education, Dr Probin Kumar Gogoi, HoD, Education and Prof Jiten Hazarika, Dean of Student Affairs. Arfan Hussain, Project Director, CHAI Project, Binayak Dewan, Project Manager, CHAI Project, Altaf Hussain, General Secretary, SEWA, among others.
The guests spoke of the poor literacy status in tea estates of Assam and had a unanimous perception that an initiative of this kind will help bridge the educational gap that tea estates of Assam face on a larger scale. The joint collaboration of Dibrugarh University and SEWA through CHAI Project will be conducting more training for youths in the coming months. They mentioned that the need of the hour is to bring back the students to schools through motivation and sensitising the community on the importance of education for a developed society.