The Cherry Blossoms Society, Kohima in collaboration with SSA-DMA Kohima on April 17 launched Alternative Schooling for the school drop-outs and never enrolled children between the age group of 6 to 14 years. According to a press note, the society would cover the rural sectors like Secü Zubza, Kiruphema, Mezoma, Peducha, Jotsoma and urban sectors like Norh Block, Lierie Chazou, Bayavü, D Block, Old Ministers Hill, AG Colony and Lierie colony. The resource persons was Theyielie Suohumvü, ADC DMA Kohima who highlighted that as per the national programme all children between the age group of 6 to 14 years should have free and compulsory education till they attain the age of 14 or otherwise reach class 8.
He also stressed on the important role that the educational volunteers were going to play firstly by identifying the children in the area and secondly try to educate the parents. Adding that it is the norm that as per the age of the child that they have to be enrolled to the group of the class ie, if a child is 6 years then he or she has to be in class 1 and hence it is the collective responsibility of parents, teachers, VECs and the society at large.
Further, Vizolie, PA DMA Kohima shared that SSA meant universalization of elementary education for the age group of 6 to 14 years. Also shared that Alternative Schooling is to target the out of school children to come in the main stream and start schooling after this programme.
The meeting was also attended by educational volunteers, teachers, parents, children and VEC members of different colonies of Kohima and Mezoma and also text books were distributed to the children present there.
Meanwhile, the meeting was chaired by Purnima Kayina, headmistress Cherry Blossoms School, Kohima and invocation by Henia Solo, member of the society and vote of thanks by Adani Kayina, president Cherry Blossom Society, Kohima.