With a view to retain children of migrants in schools, UNICEF has launched a special 'mobile school' at primary level in tribal dominated Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh.
“At the onset, the mobile school will target children, which migrate with their parents to other states (mainly to Gujarat) for work,” Hamid El Bashir, state representative of UNICEF said after flagging off the scheme in a tent in Bhabra block of Jhabua district on Tuesday.
Hamid said that the initiative, taken with the help of local administration and representatives would help to reduce school drop out rate He said there are 20 mobile schools at present, which would be targeting over 250 children, with UNICEF planning to increase the number of such schools to 100 by next year.
The initiative is based on a unique concept of “mobile schools in tent”— where school infrastructure (in the form of tents) and trained teachers would accompany the families of migrant labourers.
The tribal families of Jhabua district migrate from villages for their livelihood mainly to Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra and children of these families often drop out of schools due to this seasonal migrating trend.
In Amreli and Rajkot districts of Gujarat, the agency would launch 22 schools with basic infrastructure including seating arrangements and teaching material along with 25 trained teaching volunteers through local NGOs, Hamid said that these two pockets inhabit the largest number of tribal labourers. There have been similar mobile school initiatives that have running in Maharashtra.