Hyderabad: Several hundreds of miles away from their homes, nearly 400 children from Odisha whose parents work in brick kilns here, can now get enrolled at schools where they will be tutored in Oriya language.
The Rachakonda police, along with the local district administration, are opening two schools for the children. Close to 370 children were rescued by the police along with the district administration last month.
“All the children had come along with their parents to work in brick kilns. We have counseled the parents and asked them to enroll their children at the school where they will be taught in Oriya language,” said Mahesh M Bhagwat, Commissioner, Rachakonda. One school was opened on Saturday at Chikatimamidi village in Bommalaramaram mandal of Bhuvangir district.
Around 170 children are enrolled at the school. One more school will be opened at Chotuppal or another 200 children were rescued from brick kilns.
The district administration is providing accommodation, food and other articles like slates, chalks and books. Two teachers familiar with Oriya language are now teaching them. “We wanted the children to study in Oriya so that they continue their education when they go back to their native places after six months or so. Again when they are here, they will continue their education,” Mr. Bhagwat told Telangana Today.
Another eight teachers will join the schools in the next few days. “I had personally contacted a local NGO in Odisha and they arranged the teachers. The teachers will be paid salaries by the district administration,” he said.
The owners of brick kilns, as their moral responsibility, too have come forward to support the education of the children. They are contributing whatever possible in the form of books and clothes to the children.