In a unique marketing bid to promote education amongst children of sex workers in Delhi, the state education department has decided to introduce mobile schools in the red light areas.
These mobile schools would be buses fitted with all teaching aids. They will also have a teacher.
To be launched in collaboration with the UNICEF, the 34-seater buses would have a blackboard, a computer and sitting arrangements for the temporary students.
An attendant would act as a guide to the students in these buses. A separate toilet block too would be attached to the buses to teach the children the importance of hygiene and sanitation.
"We will park these buses on the road below the red light area. The children will come out to see the buses, take tips from the teacher and then would be motivated enough to enroll in a nearby school," said Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely.
He said pamphlets would be distributed and parents would be requested to send their wards to the schools.
The concept was finalised after the government found out that the enrolment rate from the red light district remained low even though it increased all over the city. The dropout rate from the area too remained high.
A part of the 'Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan' of the government, the mobile schools will also go to slum clusters and the resettlement colonies where both the enrollment and dropout figures are high.
"Our main purpose is to motivate the children and their parents and showcase how education is the harbinger of change," Lovely said.
The minister said initially two buses would be introduced from the last week of December. "The numbers would increase subsequently with the success of the project," Lovely added.