Hyderabad: Worksite schools open for migrant children
They enable access to education & protection of brick kiln children
Kongara Kalan: Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat said,"Education can be a game-changer for the disadvantaged children provided they are given a level playing ground." He was here for the inauguration ofa worksite school for the children rescued from brick kilnshere on Friday.
"Worksite School was the perfect answer in providing education for interstate children and campaigning for elimination of child labour in brick kilns," the Commissioner said.
He lauded District Collectors of Yadadri Bhongir and Rangareddy for their support to worksite school project and ensuing mid day meal scheme along with Rs1 KG rice project extended for the school children and their parents.
Umi Daniel, Director – Migration & Education, Aide et Action South Asia said, "This is a unique model in India. Children are coming all the way from Odisha and studying here. We are ensuring that all these children continue their education back in Odisha after the end of migration season. I appreciate all the owners, especially Rajender Reddy, president of Telangana Brick kiln Owners Association."
Manchi Reddy Kishan Reddy, MLA said "I am very happy that migrant children from Odisha are able to access education in our state. I appreciate Mahesh Bhagawat for his efforts. Just as we are providing education to the Odia children, we need to ensure that other states also provide education to children of migrant labour from Telangana."
This year around 700 children are identified through a survey conducted by Aide et Action. They will be attending worksite schools run by brick kiln owners. Till date, 2100 children were enrolled in government schools of Telangana. The district administration came forward to provide mid-day meal and learning kits to all the children on par with the local children. Once the migration season ends, the children are re-integrated into schools in their native villages in Odisha. Aide et Action ensures that all the children continue their education in Odisha.