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Kids of ex- Maoists and Maoist victims study under one roof in Jamshedpur

Apart from this, 100 children including orphans, trafficking victims and others are being given free education from class one to six at this residential school for boys, running in the five rooms of plus two upgraded high school at Chhotanagra campus.

ranchi Updated: Apr 21, 2019 14:29 IST
Manoj Choudhary
Manoj Choudhary
Hindustan Times, Jamshedpur
Children of surrendered Maoists and Naxal victims from different villages of Saranda along with teachers at Samarth Avasiya Vidyalaya at Chhotanagra in West Singhbhum
Children of surrendered Maoists and Naxal victims from different villages of Saranda along with teachers at Samarth Avasiya Vidyalaya at Chhotanagra in West Singhbhum (Manoj Kumar/ HT)
         

Children of surrendered Maoists and victims of the left wing extremism are building an academic future under the same roof in West Singhbhum. The education department has provided them residential school facility to give them a better future and prevent them from diverting towards extremism.

Children of surrendered Maoists and their supporters have been studying along with 32 victims of the Red Movement at Samarth Awasiya Vidyalay (Boys) in Chhotanagra of Manoharpur bock in the district.

Apart from this, 100 children including orphans, trafficking victims and others are being given free education from class one to six at this residential school for boys, running in the five rooms of plus two upgraded high school at Chhotanagra campus.

Students get free education, books, dress, hostel and such other facilities up to class six at this school, started by Sarva Siksha Abhiyan. Similar residential school for girls has been started in Raikera village of Manoharpur block.

Two sons of a surrendered Maoist, who had served around one year in jail, were brought to this residential school, after it was inaugurated in November, 2017. These two and other tribal children from remote forest areas were unable to speak or understand Hindi properly. After attending the classes here, they have started speaking English too.

School warden Nirmal Kumar Mahato said that children from the Maoist hit areas were brilliant. “Due to lack of proper academic facilities, so far, they had been deprived of proving their academic skills. These children are highly disciplined and have developed confidence,” the warden said.

Three Maoist violence victim brothers were brought from Tetlighat village after their grandfather was killed by red ultras.

Children of surrendered Maoists and violence victims attend classes jointly. A couple of them are even close friends who sleep and study together, senior teacher Vanitesh Jha said.

School students said that they wanted to become police officials, doctors and teachers. Being a police officer, they could take strict action against violence, educate children in remote villages and provide due treatment to the patients at their respective villages, students said.

Two permanent teachers and three temporary teachers conduct classes in this residential school.

Education department officials said that two residential schools (for girls and boys) were set up to build the academic future of the Maoist victim children. Such children are being given preference during admissions. However, students of other deprived sections are also given admission, they added.

First Published: Apr 21, 2019 14:19 IST