KOCHI: The district administration along with the district panchayat, Education Department, SSA and an NGO will soon unveil an ambitious project called ‘ Roshni’ to prevent the children of migrant workers from dropping out of school. Besides ensuring a promising future, ‘Roshni’ will enable the integration of these children into the Kerala society by helping them to assimilate.“The total number of children of migrant labourers studying in the nearly 18 government schools in the district alone comes to over 2,000.
In studies and surveys among migrant workers, it has been found the dropout rate among children of migrant workers is high. So, the primary objective of this programme is to check the dropout rate and to encourage their talents through scientific means,” said District Collector K Mohammed Y Safeerulla. “ To determine the progress of migrant children in acquiring felicity in Malayalam, English, and Hindi the strategy of code-switching through special packages by taking extra morning hours will be employed. Along with this balanced morning food and conduct comprehensive intellectual boosting workshops and study tours will be provided to the students,” said district Collector.
The services of volunteers, who are proficient in Hindi, Bengali and Oriya, will be used to communicate with these children. The administration is planning to kick-start the project by mid-October. The project will be implemented in four schools with the largest enrolment of migrant workers’ children in the district.
Union LP School, Thrikkanarvattam; Government LP school, Ponnurunni; Government UP School, Kandanthara and Government High School, Binanipuram are the schools shortlisted for the pilot project.
“The project, which starts on an experimental basis, will be extended to all schools having migrant students in the next academic year,” the Collector said.