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University students turn to teaching in schools

IN AN effort to provide education to children engaged in hazardous jobs, students of Lucknow University have pitched in as part-time teachers in eight schools in the Uttar Pradesh capital. The university's department of social work has started these schools as part of the child labour rehabilitation and welfare programme, in association with the Union Labour Ministry.

Department Head RBS Verma said these schools were meant for children engaged in hazardous jobs. ``The children are trained and taught in these schools and later on arrangements are made for their enrolment in regular government schools.'' The aim of the project is to step up enforcement of child labour laws, formal and non-formal education, vocational training, income and employment generation, rehabilitation and raising public awareness. There are over 46 such schools in the city. While eight have been given to LU's social work department, others are being managed by non-government organisations (NGOs). The social work department manages schools based in rented accommodations in Bazar Kaliji, Daulatganj, Daliganj, Mankameshwer, Masakganj, Lala Lajpat Rai Nagar, Kadam Rasool, Maulana Kalbe Abid Hata and Chowk.

The Hindu - Education Plus - Monday, June 12, 2006