Agartala| With the country moving forward to aid the differently abled, as evident with the recently passed Disability bill in Parliament, Tripura government is trying to move along with the country launching a special dive to educate the disabled in their state.
The state government has launched a special drive to provide education to every child, including those who are differently abled and do not attend school, said an official.
Director of Tripura Elementary Education Department, Uttam Kumar Chakma said, "On Sunday we launched the week-long 'Vidyalaya Chalo Abhiyan' to bring every single child aged 6-14-years to schools."
Under this drive, the programme volunteers will reach out to the differently-abled children unable to attend school and provide them with teaching at home. This is a week-long programme launched under the centrally-sponsored ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’.
Chakma said that in a recent household survey, the education department officials found that only 586 children across Tripura were left out from receiving formal education before the beginning of this year's academic session from Monday.
"The elementary education department has appointed 52 observers to oversee the 'Vidyalaya Chalo Abhiyan' and 50 volunteers to provide home-based education to the differently-abled children who are unable to come to schools," he added.
The state already has a high literacy rate of 96.82 percent as compared to the country’s 74.4 percent. With over 3,700 schools to educate 5,69,512 students up to the 8th standard, state’s bid for educating the disabled is an appreciable effort.
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