Digital Desk, Bhubaneswar. The Odisha government has launched the School Sanjog programme, an initiative of mobile schools in vans, for students of classes 1 to 5 from Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) communities. An official said on Thursday that education has shifted online during the pandemic, leaving many children in PVTG areas deprived of education due to lack of smart phones and internet connections.
The official said that the initiative of mobile school opened in the van will help in maintaining continuity in learning. The initiative aims to reach out to the children of PVTG communities. ST and SC Development Minister Jagannath Sarka said that proper education for children in PVTG communities has always been a challenge and the situation has worsened due to closure of schools due to the pandemic. He said that the School Sanjog program would take a significant step towards reaching out to the children who are deprived of education in the PVTG areas.
ST and SC Development Department, Principal Secretary Ranjana Chopra said this is an effort to ensure continuous learning, which will be an important step in helping children return to schools once they reopen. The mobile in the van is designed to make the school attractive and is equipped with child-friendly learning materials such as audio-visual equipment, books for class 1-5 students, science kits, sports kits and hygiene education kits So that children can be joyful and engaged. Each session will last for two hours with memorable learning activities conducted in an open space in the presence of trained volunteers.
The government aims to reach out to around 40,000 children in 1,000 villages of PVTG communities in ten districts of Odisha, Keonjhar, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Angul, Gajapati, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Malkangiri, Kandhamal and Ganjam.