Child Development program aims to bring/send back out-of-school children to schools. Under this program children from vulnerable communities, who have never been enrolled at any school or have dropped out from school (or irregular in school), or laggard children are mainstreamed/regularised ensuring their retention in schools after required brushing up. The objective is to facilitate these children’ access to mainstream state funded primary/elementary schools. Sending a child back to school costs Rs.2500/- for a year.
ASHA KIRAN – A ray of hope is the name given to the Child Development initiative to bring/send back targetted 100,000 children to schools.
Achievement : 34,232 out of school children have been enrolled in the Asha Kiran program,out of which 17,465 children have been mainstreamed in schools.
Who are Asha Kiran Children?
- Children in the age group of 7 to 14 years
- Children who have never been to school
- Children who are not attending school but enrolled, irregular or absent for more than 45 days without any information to school
- Children who are laggard in comparison to his/her age and class
- Children could be 'Children at Risk', like children of inmates, children in conflict with law, runaway children, children of sex workers, children of migrant workers, victims of child labour practices, HIV positive children, children of HIV positive parents, orphans and 'Children in need of Special Care and Protection'
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