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Stars to lure kids to schools

india Updated: Apr 17, 2008 02:41 IST
Alok Gupta
Alok Gupta
Hindustan Times
Jharkhand

Jharkhand-born Bollywood stars and cricketers are all set to attract ‘out of school children’ to classrooms.

The Jharkhand Education Project (JEP) has sent invites to film stars Tanushree Dutta and Madhavan and Director Imtiaz Ali of Jab We Met fame to be a part of the third edition of the School Chalein Hum Abhiyaan. The JEP has also approached emerging left-handed batsman, Saurav Tiwary, who played the Under-19 World Cup.

The stars are likely to attend the inaugural ceremony of the fortnight-long programme from April 17.

District superintendent of education P.N. Singh said, “JEP will be delighted to have these stars as a part of the campaign as literacy is a social responsibility and their presence will be a motivational factor in our enrollment drive.”

However, neither the Bollywood stars, nor Tiwary have confirmed their participation.

According to the 2001 census, literacy rate in Jharkhand is merely 59.13 per cent. The female literacy rate stands even lower at 49.38 per cent. It is just above Bihar. For the past two years, the state government has been organising programmes to boost literacy rate in Jharkhand.

This year, special effort is being given to bring street children and wards of migrants workers under the literacy purview. The JEP has also invited principals of all the colleges, social workers, doctors and politicians to join the literacy programme.