Schools at worksite facilitate education to migrant labourers’ children in Rachakonda

Operated by Aide et Action and the Rachakonda Police, these schools have made education accessible to over 2000 children

By Author  |  Published: 16th May 2019  1:11 amUpdated: 16th May 2019  1:15 am
Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat handing over the certificates to the children during the closing session of the worksite schools in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Hyderabad: The academic year of the worksite schools setup for children of migrant workers from Odisha working at brick kilns here came to an end on Wednesday. The schools, operated by Aide et Action and the Rachakonda Police, have over the last three years, facilitated education of more than 2000 such children.

The closing session of the schools for the academic year 2018-19, held at the Rachakonda Police Commissionerate, saw Mahesh M Bhagwat, Police Commissioner, Rachakonda thanking the stakeholders in taking forward the initiative. He and his team would continue their efforts in this direction in times to come, till child labour is zeroed out from the commissionerate’s limits, he said.

“The sole objective of these schools is to provide quality education to the children of migrant workers and uproot the menace of child labour from Rachakonda,” Bhagwat said. Officials said these schools provide an encouraging atmosphere to children, apart from hygienic food. Teachers have been hired from Odisha to teach the children in their native language. Daniel Tumi, Director, Migration and Education, Aid et Action International South Asia, said plans were on for starting worksite schools in Hindi for migrant children of Chattisgarh from the next academic year.

According to the Rachakonda police, in the last three years, more than 2,000 migrant children were facilitated in the worksite schools. There are nine worksite schools functioning within the commissionerate and 2194 children have been educated in these schools until now.

The worksite schools ensure the children are taken care of until their parents are at work. In this way, not only the parents are allowed to work, but also the children are shaped into better citizens. The children have also been taken to outdoor trips for better exposures.

IPL match trip

Fifty children were taken to watch the Indian Premier League match played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals in the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium at Uppal.
Apart from this, 30 children from Ashray Akrutha Hearing impaired school were taken to the stadium to watch the IPL match.

Infosys visit

Last month, about 50 children from the worksite school were taken to the Infosys campus in Pocharam. The trip was planned to give these children an exposure to the competitive world outside. During the trip, the children interacted with the employees and also took part in group activities including singing and dancing, which could sharpen their skills.

Award

The initiative also bagged the prestigious International Association of Chief of Police Civil and Human Rights Award 2018. The function also saw Bhagwat distributing slippers to about 50 children to safeguard them from the scorching heat. For another 500 children, the slippers were handed over to volunteers for distribution.The children promised to continue their education after returning to their homes in Odisha.