Roshni project to cover 40 schools this academic year

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Mobile unit to reach out to schools where number of migrant students is less

Buoyed by the stupendous success of its innovative project Roshni, which is aimed at enhancing the educational performance of migrant children, the district administration is set to roll out the project in 20 more schools in the new academic year.

This will take the number of schools covered under the project to 40, benefiting around 1,300 children. At present, the majority of children are natives of Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal.

A meeting chaired by District Collector K. Mohammed Y. Safirulla here on Friday decided to kick-start the project for the new academic year on June 3.

Volunteers

With one volunteer deployed in each school, the number of volunteers will be increased to 40. “Volunteers are chosen from the migrant community, with proficiency in Malayalam in addition to their mother tongue such as Hindi, Odisha, or Bengali,” Mr. Safirulla told.

The district administration also plans to deploy a mobile unit to reach out to those schools where the number of migrant students is less. This is expected to facilitate targeted intervention. The possibility of conducting the coaching camps, which are at present being held in the mornings before normal class hours, during evenings in selected schools is also being explored.

Language skills

Roshni was introduced on a pilot basis in five schools covering 150 students during the 2017-18 academic year with the support of oil major BPCL. Classes were held for an hour before the normal school hours with the initial focus on improving Malayalam language skills followed by other subjects.

“Realising that many of these students came to school without having food owing to the peculiar nature of work of their parents who often left home early in the morning, we added a food component as an added initiative. A study conducted after the the project roll-out showed that it was able to improve the educational outcomes of the targeted students tremendously,” said Mr. Safirulla, who put cultural assimilation through language proficiency as one of the underlying principles of the project.

The project was expanded to another 20 schools covering 630 students in the 2018-19 academic year and its impact continues to grow going by the latest results. “All 18 students covered under the project cleared the SSLC exams, with Muhammed Dilshad, a student from Bihar at Binanipuram government school scoring A+ in all subjects,” said Jayasree Kulakkunnath, academic coordinator of the project.

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