Hyderabad, Feb.21 (NSS): The Principal Secretary, School Education Department, Ms Chandana Khan, has said that the State government, in association with several voluntary organisations, has been taking many initiatives over the last 20 years to abolish child labour in the State.
Ms Chandana Khan was speaking as the chief guest during the inaugural session of the “exchange visit” on Child Labour Free Zones and Right to Education” to the State by some 13 delegates from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Brazil and Bolivia representing NGOs. As part of their week-long exchange visit programme in the State from February 20 to 27, they will be visiting the slums and villages in Hyderabad, Nalgonda, Ranga Reddy and Warangal districts to evaluate the child labour eradication programmes being undertaken by the M. Venkatarangaiya Foundation, which has been embarking over the task over the last 15 years.
Ms Khan said that efforts were being made over the past several years to totally eradicate child labour in the State. Referring to girl child education, she said that many residential schools and hostels have been set up in the State to increase the education level among them. She also said that despite untiring efforts, there was no respite in drop-outs at the school level, and pointed out the “lack of quality education” as one of the factors as responsible for this malady. She also added that the increase in investment towards the school education is one crucial factor that contributes to rapid development. Applauding the M.V Foundation for its noble activities, she said that over the last 15 years it has been supporting the State government in its endeavour.
The managing trustee of M V Foundation, Dr M Krishnamurthi, said that their field experience of MV Foundation has proved that child labour was not an inevitable fact of life, but a problem that could be tackled by a coherent programme of social mobilisation with a right perspective for total abolition of child labour linked to the provision of formal, full-time and quality education for all, along with institution building processes at local, national and global level. (NSS)