Barriers are many, but conquering follows : Shyam Sankar Prasad, State Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Jharkhand

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 Can we get an idea about the major interventions made so far under SSA programme in the state of Jharkhand?

The first effort SSA programme made in this line is to bring the out of school children back in to school. The number of such children was 13 lakhs in 2001 and we have brought it down to 3,88,000 at present. We still try to bring this left out part to different schools such as Kendriya schools, Kasturba Gandhi Avasiya Vidyalaya, Bridge schools etc. Besides this we have taken up fall out cases among girls, specially scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs) who due to abject poverty leave studying and are compelled to remain inside the doors. This problem is being tackled by Kasturba Gandhi Avasiya Vidyalaya. As of now 74 such schools are situated in the state and owing to its success factor 81 more such schools are coming up with the grant by the government of India. Accommodating some 100 girl students each, these schools conduct classes for them from 6-8 am. Today about 6000 girls study in the Kasturba Gandhi Schools. Another plan is drawn for children who are working in hotels or engaged in garbage picking and are in the age group of 14-16. The back to schools intervention for them provides 2-3 hours

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