Chandigarh, Nov 6- Haryana Education Department has formulated a School Nurture Policy and has made it available on its website http://schooleducationharyana.gov.in for discussion.
While stating this today, Haryana Education Minister, Mrs Geeta Bhukkal said that there was a proposal to introduce a ‘School Nurturing Programme’ to link the nurturers and the needy schools for development as centers of excellence and recognize the efforts of the nurturers and to streamline the process of their linking up. Children are our future and our future depends upon the quality of education, she added.
Mrs Bhukkal said that Haryana has 16,000 Government primary and high schools catering to the educational needs of about 26 lakh children who are mostly from the low and middle strata of the society. The State Government led by Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda was committed to ensure free, compulsory and quality education for all children in the age group of 6-14 years, she added.
She said that the objectives of the School Nurturing Programme included creation of a pool of partners committed to strengthening the education sector; extend support to individuals, organisations and institutions like SDMCs, Panchayti Raj Institutions and Non Government Organisations to work more closely with the schools and lessen the urban and rural disparities.
As a nurturer one need to choose a school from the list. In case of desire to donate any item one has to file an application. In case of desire to adopt a school for all round development or for any specific capacity building and training intervention within a school one has to enter into an “Memorandum of Understanding” with the Department.
There is an ample scope for intervention based on the needs of schools, children, the kind of education required and the local issues. Quality education is the deciding factor in all the aspects of this programme. However, as an entry point, the Department has listed various possible interventions like capacity building and trainings, teaching and learning related activities and supportive and construction activities for class rooms, drinking water facility, sanitation, protection wall, play ground school garden and kitchen garden. The other such interventions included vocational education and science education.
She said that the programme would encourage community participation through donations and activities in any of the government schools. A donor can choose the school and the kind of donation that one wants to make. The benefits for the nurturer included, more than one third contributions in construction activity to be acknowledged with naming the structure in the name of the nurturer’s choice, put up display board in the school premises on the school information wall, publicity and documentation, rightful place on the departmental portal and acknowledgement on major occasions.