Karnataka aims to bring back all children to schools. Will it succeed?

In a novel attempt to provide education to all children, Karnataka is all set to start a massive campaign-Shale Kade Nanna Nade (My Walk Towards School)-from April 23 onwards.

The campaign, the brainchild of the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR), is targeted at underprivileged children who are either dropouts or have never been to schools.

In order to speed up the campaign, the commission recently hosted a meeting at its office premises in Bengaluru. The meeting saw participation by members from a host of NGOs from various parts of the state working in the field of child rights and protection.

The campaign will kick-start with the identification of these children from every nook and cranny of Karnataka and thereafter enroll them in schools.

‘Let us all come together and fulfill our dream of sending all children to schools. It is sad that education department has failed in its task to ensure education to all children in the state. Let us prove them wrong by bringing all children to schools,’ said Kripa Alva, chairperson of KSCPCR, presiding over the meeting on April 13.

‘First we need to identify and enroll children in schools to kick-start the campaign,’ she added.

Since there is no statistics to quantify the number of children who are out of school, the campaign becomes gigantic. Child rights activists say it is not easy to identify these children.

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