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02 November 2011

Funds for NGOs to bring Muslim kids to madrasas

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Panaji: The Goa Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is set to provide funds to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are interested in setting up madrasas or maktabs to impart special training to out-of-school children from the Muslim community.

Under the SSA's Out of School programme, NGOs identify children who do not go to school and then conduct a special programme over a few months to prepare them for a class appropriate for their age. The children are issued certificates indicating the level of their academic knowledge, based on which they are integrated in regular schools.

The programme helps the state get students who are out of school to formal institutes with the help of the NGOs. The scheme has now been extended to specifically cover children of the Muslim community that generally seek education in a madrasa or maktab.

NGOs working in the field of education will have to apply to the SSA with a list of out-of-school children identified by the organization. The NGOs will have to apply with their registration number, copy of the rules of the organization, details of office bearers, source of its finance, details of the proposed centre for the out-of-school programme and details of the volunteer educator to conduct the programme.

The chosen NGOs will be allowed to operate centres with upto 20 children and will be provided an assistance of 500 per child per month by the Goa SSA.

Each course run by the NGO for the children will be of six months duration.

Since 2009, the Union government has being trying to focus on strengthening facilities for madrasas, realizing the role they play in early education in case of Muslim children. The case in perspective came about after a report on Islamic education had recommended the government's involvement in bringing madrasas under the universal education programme, financed by the SSA scheme.

(Courtesy: The Times of India)

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