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Dear Ash:

This is important.
Please remember this one when you start to write next week.

Thanks,

Utkarsh


On Sat, 12 Sep 1998 21:59:37   Vikram wrote:
>I have direct experience in getting more than 60000 illetrate children to
>schools in the last 5 years.  Nearly all of them are agricultural labour
>or doing houzsehold chores. In the work which enables nme todo this our
>principles are
>1. Every child who does not go to school is a child labourer.
>this is different from the usual definition that a child should work in an
>industry or a nfarm to be called a child labourer.  Lot of money and
>attention goes to get him out of work.
>2. The child should go to full time day schools.
>There are no half ways about it.  When our children go to day schools and
>it shocks us if we give them a task of work to justify their going to
>school I dont see why the rural child should go to night schools
>3.  There are no arguments justifying the child working.
>Usually, it is bandied that poverty is a reson for illeteracy.  this is
>the middle class urban view of life.  After all if the child doesnt work ,
>the adult will find it difficult to suplport the family. Just as we are
>willing to sacrifice a lot for our children the rural parent  is also
>willing to do the same for his child.  We have proved it 60000 times in a
>district in AP that parents sold their last goat, buffalo to enable them
>to send their child to school.  What they want is CREDIBLE institutions
>where they would get the confidence that the child is educated. Schools,
>classrooms , \teachers are important.
>there are 90000 girl children working in cotton farms in two taluks on the
>argument that girls make "nimble" pickers of cotton.  They are exposed to
>pesticides of high degree of intensity.  The employers finmd it convenient
>becuse if they employ adults costs go up by 40%.  who is paying for all
>these?
>
>Education must be compulsory, it is employment generating (we ha have 2000
>teachers working with us at varius levels) and there are direct benefits
>..I dont have to tell you the benefits of primary education
>More on this later
>Vikram
>
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