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Delhi to Start Mobile Schools
Detail: There are thousands of children in India’s capital city who are out-of-school, working at traffic signals, construction sites or just begging in various parts of the city; children like Ganesh Kumar, 12 years old, who earns a living by selling magazines at a traffic signal till dusk everyday.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act came into force from April 1, 2010. The Delhi Education department is working on plans to ensure compulsory schooling for children like Ganesh Kumar. The department has decided to start 30 mobile schools in the city to cater to children of migrant laborers, those working at traffic signals and those from red light areas.

The city already has two mobile schools. "They were launched as part of the pilot project in February 2008," said an official of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), which is executing the project. "The initial proposal was for 25, but looking at the increasing number of out-of-school children, the number was been increased to 30."

The department has also empanelled 30 NGOs to run these schools. The buses will be stationed at red light areas, traffic signals and construction sites. The education ministry plans to mainstream these children at a later date.
Source: By Maroosha Muzaffar, “Delhi's RTE drive starts with 30 mobile schools”, Indian Express, May 7, 2010 Friday
Date: July 3 2010