JAMMU: The Army has set up three mobile schools in Banihal area of Ramban district in Jammu and Kashmir to provide education to the children of nomadic Gujjar and Bakerwal community.
"The Rashtriya Rifles Battalion at Nachlana and Banihal under Delta Force has set up three temporary schools to mitigate the hardships faced by the children of Gujjar and Bakkarwal community who have migrated to pastures at higher reaches," defense spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta said.
Schools have been opened at Mori, Womal and Wasamarg of Ramban district to provide basic education, ensure constructive engagement and holistic development of these children, he said. "Apart from providing books and stationary items, the children are also being provided with mid-day meals," Lt Colonel Mehta said. The three mobile schools that started functioning from this month would continue till the onset of reverse migration of community, he said, adding "Large number of children from the two nomadic communities and also those from neighboring villages are attending these schools".
He said that the two communities have expressed their gratitude towards the Army for undertaking such a "noble initiative that will help in developing faith and mutual trust between Army and the local populace".