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Corpn to give uniforms to 450 nursery students

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The Hindu      22.08.2017

Corpn to give uniforms to 450 nursery students

There are nine such institutions under the civic body

The City Corporation will be providing uniforms to the students in all the nine nursery schools that it runs.

The uniform distribution, which is being taken up in association with the Kerala State Handloom Development Corporation (Hanveev), will be done soon after the Onam holidays, says S.Unnikrishnan, the Chairman of the local body’s Education Standing Committee.

“We are using money from the Corporation’s own funds as the District Planning Committee did not give us approval for the project. Since it is meant for children from the weaker sections, we thought of using our own funds. An amount of Rs. 9 lakh has been set aside for the project,” says Mr.Unnikrishnan.

There are close to 450 students across the nine nursery schools of the city Corporation.

These schools have been facing dwindling student strength.

The local body has taken up various measures, including the improvement of infrastructure facilities to attract more students.

Loses control

Earlier this year, it lost control of its nursery school at Kamaleswaram after a temple committee went to court staking claim on it.

“The Corporation has been running the school in Kamaleswaram for several decades. But, in recent years, the committee of the adjacent temple began raising claims for the school. They went to the court and won control. The school is now locked down. But, to compensate for that, we immediately opened another nursery school in a location close by. It now has 18 students,” says Mr. Unnikrishnan.

The local body also plans to expand the nursery school at Vallakkadavu, which now has 110 students. The Akshaya centre which is functioning in the adjacent building is proposed to be shifted to another location, so that the school gets more space.

The Kuriyathi nursery school has 62 students and the one in Valiyathura has 65.

  • Infrastructure facilities at schools have improved
  • Nursery school at Vallakkadavu to be expanded

GHMC launches ‘WOW’ clubs

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The Hindu         20.07.2017  

GHMC launches ‘WOW’ clubs

It encourages kids to segregate waste

To encourage segregation of waste right from a young age, a new initiative involving schoolchildren was launched on Tuesday.

Around 2,000 ‘WOW’ clubs, a project initiated by the GHMC and ITC, will work with the motive of educating and inculcating civic sense among children to spread the message and also achieve ‘Swachh Hyderabad’.

The clubs were launched by GHMC Mayor B. Rammohan and Commissioner B. Janardhan Reddy in the presence of public representatives and higher officials.

The Mayor said that the ‘WOW’ clubs will help children realise their full potential and prepare them for a healthy adult life, which can contribute to the growth of the nation. He said that they can be active participants in the solid waste management system.

Each WOW club will be formed with 100 to 150 children.


‘Safety task force’ in SDMC schools

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The Hindu        08.07.2016   

‘Safety task force’ in SDMC schools

From earthquakes to exposed wiring, all potential hazards for students of South Delhi Municipal Corporation schools, are being mapped and task forces being set up to deal with them.

About 2.94 lakh children study in the SDMC’s 578 primary schools which are currently being audited for their safety.

In January this year, the lack of safety at an SDMC school in Kapashera was exposed when a four-year-old boy fell into an open septic tank and died.

The cover of the tank had been broken for days, officials of the SDMC Education Department admitted later.

To make sure that the tragedy doesn’t repeat itself, the SDMC is conducting an extensive programme to make its schools safer with the help of NGO -- Save the Children. The programme includes setting up of safety task forces in all schools, conducting a ‘hazard hunt’, training the students and holding mock drills.

“We will set up safety task forces, comprising students and teachers, in all SDMC schools. So far, 32 schools have set up these task forces,” said SDMC’s Additional Commissioner for Education, Meeta Singh.

According to ‘Save the Children’, the 32 SDMC schools have not only set up the task force, but also conducted mock drills, set up disaster resource rooms and mapped out potential dangers within the school and outside.

154 schools being assessed

Around 154 schools of the SDMC’s Central Zone are also being assessed for potential risks and resources.

Avinash Kumar, the State programme manager for Save the Children in Delhi, said the authorities tend to focus on natural calamities like earthquakes or man-made devastation like fire when it comes to disaster preparedness.

“However, when we talk about building the resilience of children, we must think larger and include everyday risks that the children face, especially in urban areas,” said Mr. Kumar, adding that road safety as well as protection from abuse are important aspects.

Potential dangers within the school as well as outside will be mapped by the teams of students and teachers, and then based on their findings changes would be suggested to make the schools safer, he said.

Officials of the SDMC said the programme would be ramped up in the coming month as the schools have reconvened after summer break this week.

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