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Dimapur leading in alternative schooling: DC

DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier, (left) addressing the children from various Alternative school centre during the programme organised by District Mission Authority, at Town Hall, Dimapur, Thursday. (NP)
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Published on 22 Aug. 2008 12:59 AM IST
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As a part of Sarva Shikhsa Abhiyan (SSA) programme to universalise elementary education by community-ownership of the school system, Dimapur Mission Authority organized a 'day with the SSA- alternative school children' on Thursday at Town Hall, Dimapur. Chief guest Maongwati Aier, DC Dimapur who is also the chairman of Dimapur Mission Authority while highlighting the benefits of SSA programme said it had bridged social and gender gaps, between haves and the haves-not and through which many children had gone to the mainstream besides learning alphabets. Stating that Dimapur was one of the leading state in alternative school, he said SSA programme had two more years to go, DC called upon the teachers and NGOs to go ahead on making education at the elementary level useful and relevant for children by effective teaching learning strategies through provision of community-owned quality education in a mission mode. He also stressed on the special preference given to a girl child through SSA programme where a girl child was provided with free books and bags besides other facilities. In his address, DC expressed gratitude to the NGOs for their joint effort in implementing the programme. Others who spoke at the programme were guest of honour Kevi Legise , SPD, training SSA. Altogether, 13 NGOs along with Alternative School (AS) children participated in the programme where children from alternative school centre shared views on life at AS centre. Besides presenting special songs, children representing 12 AS centre also participated in the slogan competition. First prize went to Zoe AS for their slogan "education is priceless, ignorance is costly", second went to Chakhesang Women Development Society for their slogan "save children form the bondage of illiteracy" and third prize went to HAFS for their slogan "seeking and serving the abundant". The programme was chaired by Freda, Project Assistant.

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