BHUBANESWAR: The state government has asked collectors of five districts – Bargarh, Balangir, Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj and Nuapada – to set up seasonal schools for children of migrant labourers. Generally people from these districts migrate for work after Nuakhai festival in September.
Seasonal school is one of the focus areas under Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan in order to check child labour and dropout rate, director, Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority (OPEPA), Mahendra Kumar Mallick told TOI. The district authorities have also been asked to conduct awareness campaign in the migration-prone villages and identify genuine migrant children.
The awareness programmes using various media would begin before the festive season in various habitations, villages and blocks in collaboration with the labour department to check migration of children, official sources said.
All the identified children will be admitted into the seasonal schools so that they can continue their studies when their parents are away, said Mallick.
Children will be kept in existing residential hostels and provided with all the facilities like food, uniform and textbook and return to their parents after they come back.
“We have already made arrangements for 300 children of migrant labourers in some migration-prone areas. New schools will be opened after the Durga Puja vacation when tribals start migrating for work,” said Sapan Prusty, SSA planning coordinator in Mayurbhanj district.