Kolkata, Sept 6 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): A Mobile Learning Centre was inaugurated by leading insurance provider Aviva and NGO ‘Save The Children’ here on Monday to provide education to underprivileged children.
The first of the two buses equipped with learning and teaching materials for underprivileged children was flagged off at St James School which will aim to reach about 3000 out-of-school children over a period of two years.
Aditi Vij of Aviva said, “The buses will travel across the city and try to reach the children at slums, pavements and railway stations, etc so that they can have access to quality education.”
“This is a part of Aviva’s ‘Street To School’ programme and was supported by ‘You are the big picture”’ campaign which was held in the year 2010,” Aditi said.
On Monday, the lemon yellow bus was found to be loaded with books on various subjects, namely ‘Sahaj path’, ‘Pagla Dasu’ ‘First Greek Myths’ and ‘Student dictionary’.
Apart from the books, there were also drawing books, sketch pen sets, crayon sets and other items so that the kids can nurture their painting and drawing skills.
The bus is also equipped with a projector and screen which will make the teaching more effective and enjoyable.
Manabendra Nath Roy, the state programme manager of ‘Save The Children’ told IBNS, “The project will involve ‘Multigrade teaching system’ for the target age group of 6-14 years old children and the faculty will compose of those persons who have previous experience in working with underprivileged children.”
“The faculties will not only teach but also will assess the different needs of the children and counsel them accordingly,” he said.
Roy informed that they will try to bring as many children as possible to the mainstream education with the help of some schools, namely St James School, Modern High School and Loreto School.
As per the latest data, Kolkata has the second largest number of street-children in India and hence it is likely that all eyes will be on how the WB-237-9063 number-plated yellow bus scores in the city.
(Reporting by JP Mandal)