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School for child labourers
Published on 30 Dec. 2010 12:17 AM IST
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The Assam government will launch an exclusive Child Labour Literacy Programme for child labourers in the age group of 14 to 17 years in the urban areas from January next year.
The Child Labour Literacy Programme would be implemented for a year in 35 centres and is expected to cover 1,050 teenagers working in garages, hotels, restaurants and factories.
Each centre — to be opened in a local government school — will have an instructor to teach 30 learners in the morning or in the evening according to the convenience of the students.
The 10 districts where the program would be launched are :Kamrup (metro), Nalbari, Karimganj, Cachar, Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Golaghat, Nagaon and Sivasagar.
Official sources said the plan has been initiated after a state wide survey in the urban areas in August by the state directorate of non-formal and adult education under the Assam Education Department, on the literacy status of child labourers in the state.
Sources said the government had already dispatched the learning materials to the districts and one instructor per centre had been selected and the learning materials required for learners and one black board per centre.
The courses would include reading, writing, simple arithmetic and minimum functional knowledge required for a person to carry out his day-to-day activities according to the syllabus prepared by the directorate for the programme.
The official said an experience certificate would be given to the learners after the completion of the course.
To ensure proper implementation of the plan, a five-member supervisory centre-level committee, comprising gaon panchayat ward member, teacher of a government school near the centre, instructor of the centre and known persons of the area, would be constituted, sources said.

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