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RAY OF HOPE FOR KEONJHAR

Generally speaking the level of education in a society reflects the prevailing conditions of its political economy or identified as one of the most important determinants of economic growth of the nation. Currently, the tribes lag behind not only the general population but also the Scheduled Caste population in literacy and education. The tribal education has been seen very pitiable condition due to the various factors, like; the remoteness, poverty, poor health condition, extra source of income and so on. The poor economic condition is great hindrance to successful education of the tribal people. The importance of education touches only the periphery of the tribal life.

An executive land far off from the township of Odisha, in the people habitat there are mostly tribal people like Santali, Bhil and Munda. They generally live in a separate sector in a village inhabited by other castes and tribes.

The basic job of them is collecting tendua leaves for making bidi. The dropout rates are maximum in this locality as lack of education has made them not to think logically that young generation's need for school.

The local people collect honey from mohua flowers and collect bidi leaves. The children from age group 8 to 14 also join hands with their parents for doing these works. People also work for the 100 days job from Indian Government, where they are involved in construction of roads. They are neglected from every facility from government.

Climate also plays a significant role in Keonjhar where harsh, warm temperature is the biggest hindrance. People face shortage of drinking water. To overcome such situation they migrate to other places during summer or pull waters to houses for work. In such a condition, children dropping out of schools are much common scenario.

RILM's had an agreement with Lutheran World Service India Trust (LWSIT) to work with 600 out-of-school children to be sent back to school. In the first phase of the program, 200 children were personally interviewed out of which 150 children were enrolled in the Asha Kiran bridge course center.

LWSIT has been working for decades with in the tribal belt with Odisha. Their area of focus is mainly health and education.

The project has fully taken off from the end of April. The Asha Kiran program is going to bring a useful impact on the children of this region as most of the identified children are first generation learners. The program is going to have a long term impact on the lives of these children and in turn the community if successfully implemented.

The project has fully taken off from the end of April. The Asha Kiran program is going to bring an useful impact on the children of this region as most of the identified children are first generation learners. The program is going to have a long term impact on the lives of these children and in turn the community if successfully implemented.

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