Punjab school makes its students self-reliant

A school in Punjab has embarked on a novel initiative to teach its students to earn while they learn. Students at Ek Jote High School in Abohar, near Ferozepur, are being taught book-binding making envelopes, pickles, juices and jams to earn a living.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 15:05 IST
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A school in Punjab has embarked on a novel initiative to teach its students to earn while they learn. Students at Ek Jote High School in Abohar, near Ferozepur, are being taught book-binding making envelopes, pickles, juices and jams to earn a living.

The special training is being provided as an extra-curricular activity. Says Veerpal Kaur, a class IX student, “Along with studies, we are taught many other things. I am learning stitching and I earn Rs 60 to 70 daily.”

The school has taken this initiative to make its students, hailing from poor families, self-reliant. It aims to eradicate child labour and achieve literacy in the country. Says Kanta Aggarwal, Principal, Ek Jote High School, “More students have started attending school after we introduced this programme.

The attendance is almost 100 per cent now.” “We are providing training to the students so that they become self-reliant. Parents are no longer hesitant to send their children to school,” said Satpal Monga, pradhan, Ek Jote High School Trust.
For a long time, lack of resources was a major reason for parents not sending their children to school. Not anymore.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 15:05 IST