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 Signal Schools

 

Context:

With the mantra of ‘Bhiksha Nahi Shiksha’ under the Signal School project, by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation poor children who are deprived of education, who are begging or who have dropped out of school in the middle will get education facilities.

Facilities:

The signal school bus is equipped with a blackboard, table and chair for teachers, LCD TV, WiFi, CCTV, drinking water, and a mini fan. Children will also be given other facilities provided in municipal schools, lunch, and health check-ups under the school health program, and will be brought into the mainstream at a nearby school after one year.

Significance:

Such initiatives work towards a socially oriented approach and inculcate education culture in the deprived children so as to ensure no child in the society is deprived of education and the child of the needy and poor family does not have to drop out of education even in adverse circumstances.

Other such initiatives:

Mumbai is home to India’s first Signal School – a colourful classroom created out of a shipping container that sits under a traffic signal flyover in Thane.

 

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