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400 children from slum areas learn various activities at summer camp


By Our Staff Reporter

Dehradun, 7 Jun: The Directorate of Academic Research and Training, Uttarakhand, organised a seven-day summer camp at Rajiv Gandhi Navodaya Vidyalaya, Nanurkheda, here, to enhance the talent of children during summer vacations and make them proficient in various arts. As many as 400 students from slum areas studying in government schools participated.

At the conclusion of the summer camp, School Education Minister Dr Dhan Singh Rawat released a children’s newspaper prepared by the students and also distributed school bags and educational materials to the children.
He said that providing quality education to underprivileged students is one of the priorities of the government, which is why it is running various schemes for them across the state. Apart from this, hostels are also being set up in every district for such students.
On the concluding day, Dr Rawat said that the state government is very serious about quality education. He said that many important steps have been taken to provide quality education to the students of the state, especially those living in slum areas. With the help of the central government, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Hostels are being built in every district for such children so that they can be given free education up to the intermediate level.
He added that this initiative of the Education Department is commendable, and the programmes will prove to be helpful in the all-round development of children. Activities are necessary that have a long-term impact on children.

He noted that, in the camp, children were taught music, dance, art, poetry, and story creation, along with sports like football, volleyball, badminton, kabaddi and kho-kho. Apart from this, role playing, children’s newspaper and daily activities based on scientific principles were also taught. At the beginning of the summer camp, the children were provided drawing copies, colored pencils, crayons and a folder by the department, while on the concluding day, all the participating students were distributed school bags, 5 copies, pencil boxes and other teaching materials.
He also thanked various NGOs like Azim Premji Foundation, Room to Read, Labhya Foundation, Dream a Dream, Blue Arb, Aasra and Hans Foundation for their cooperation and asked them to cooperate in the future also.

Director, SCERT, Seema Jaunsari said that the department has been organising summer camps for the last five years in which underprivileged children are being taught various activities.
Students studying in Government Primary Schools of Nalapani, Ladpur, Vani Bihar, Nanur Kheda, Sunderwala, Aamwala, Jakhan, Government Inter College, Nalapani, Government Higher Primary School, Sunderwala, and Vani Vihar took part in the summer camp organised by the Directorate of Academic Research and Training at Rajiv Navodaya Vidyalaya, Nanurkheda. As many as 400 students from class 3 to 9 participated. More than 60 teachers, teachers, officers and other personnel from the education department and allied organisations also extended their cooperation at the camp.