The state of Gujarat, where India has a high per capita ratio of illiteracy, is home to some of the poorest people in the country.
But the state government’s plans to set up a school in a rural area of the state for poor children are gaining momentum.
As part of a plan that is part of the national Education Reforms Act of 2014, a five-year pilot project to build an education center for children with special needs will begin in 2019.
The pilot project will also include an online course that is designed to help students improve their reading skills, math and literacy skills and prepare them for school.
The project aims to create a learning environment that is free from the negative stereotypes of poverty and discrimination.
“The idea is that if you can get your child into school in the first place, they are the first to reach school, learn and grow,” said Sanjay Choudhary, a professor of education at the University of California, San Diego.
“That is what the program is about.”
The project will be a part of an initiative called the National Rural Education Center (NREC) that aims to provide an education system that is inclusive and equitable to all.
The program has received support from the National Human Development Commission (NHDC), which is responsible for education policy in the United States, as well as from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
This includes the United Nation Development Program’s (UNDCP) Sustainable Development Goals.
The NREC will have two parts.
The first part will be aimed at the poorest and most marginalised segments of the population.
The second part will focus on middle and upper-middle-income groups.
“We will be trying to reach the poorest segment of society in Gujarat and also in the states in the northeast and central regions of India,” said Choudhar.
This project will include a focus on improving literacy and numeracy skills, with the goal of achieving high levels of proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics.
“There are so many problems in the schools in Gujarat that if we can help them in any way, we can make it a better school,” he said.
Choudham said the primary focus of the project will mainly be on children with disabilities, and will include special needs teachers to help with reading, math, literacy and writing.
“All the teachers will be trained in reading and writing, and also to be able to do maths,” he added.
The students will also be able access a variety of resources, including an internet-based education portal.
“I think this project is a great idea, it’s a project that’s going to help many more students,” Choudhy said.
“They will not only have access to free textbooks, but also to online learning.”
As part, the school will be equipped with a computer lab and a laptop lab, and have a computer network.
“It will have a classroom and a computer room, where the teacher will be able use a laptop, tablet and mobile phone to communicate with the students,” he continued.
“What we are trying to do is bring this to the next level.”
The main goal of the program will be to provide the children with access to the skills they need for school and beyond.
“If they are going to get into a school, it is going to be a special education school,” Chaudhary said.
The plan is being spearheaded by the NREC in collaboration with the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, the RSS-affiliated group, which has already launched a campaign for the first-time enrolment of children with developmental disabilities in the state.
Chaudhar added that the primary aim of the school is to provide a high-quality education for children in the rural areas of Gujarat.
“But it will also help them to become a part the society,” he explained.
“This is a very high-impact education for the children.
It’s not just a matter of one person.
The main idea is to help them become part of society.”