Jagananna Vidya Kanuka launched in AP
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched Jagananna Vidya Kanuka providing free kits to students studying in government schools from Class 1 to 10, ahead of the academic which is scheduled to begin from November 2.
The Vidya Kaunaka kits, comprising three pairs of uniform cloth, one pair of shoes, two pairs of socks, belt, text books and note books and a school bag, were formally handed over to students at the Zilla Parishad school here on Thursday and the distribution will continue for three days all over the state. The kits at a cost of Rs 650 core would be distribute to about 42.32 lakh students studying in government schools and the stitching charges for uniforms would be credited to mothers’ account directly so that the children will be ready for November 2 reopening of schools.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister quoted Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousfzai and said that education is the only treasure we can give to the children and it is the only weapon that can battle poverty and backwardness. Education alone has the power to change the world, eradicate poverty and backwardness of the society and our thrust is to provide a level play-field to children from poor families to face the competitive world along with all other students. English medium from primary level was introduced keeping this in mind, he said adding that they plan to reopen the schools from November 2.
The Chief Minister stated that the previous government failed to focus on education in government sector and has totally neglected it. We have introduced welfare schemes to improve enrollment and bring down the illiteracy rate which is at 34 percent.
The packaging is done with eight important schemes that will take care of the child’s education.
It starts from the moment the child is in the womb of the mother with YSR Poshana and YSR Poshana plus which provide nutritious food to pregnant women, lactating mothers and children up to six years. Anganwadis are being revamped under Nadu Nedu along with schools and the Anganwadis will now serve as Pre Primary schools to provide them initiation into basic education and a very interesting curriculum has been drafted. Much care was taken in the drafting, as studies reveal that the child’s brain will be fertile and easily adaptable to knowledge in the formative years of six. YSR Pre-primary schools serve as an education hub for the budding minds.
In order to encourage mothers to send their children to schools and bring down dropout rate, AmmaVodi scheme has been implemented by directly depositing Rs 15,000 per year into the accounts.The next installment will be credited early next year. While in school the child needs a balanced, nutritious midday meal and we have brought in Jagananna Gorumudda which provides a nutritious, tasty and menu with variety. No Chief Minister had ever taken so much interest in finalizing the daily menu card catering to the child’s physical and mental development, he said. Once in College, Vidya Deevena and Vasathi Deevena will take care of fees reimbursement and hostel charges and the curriculum has been changed infusing job orientation.
Apart from these, Nadu Nedu Mana Badi will change the look and feel of government schools, with running water, toilets, furniture, fans, green board, compound wall, pictorial paintings to improve the ambiance, kitchen, English lab to provide a look that matches those of corporate schools and the uniform bag, books and change in education system will put the children on par with other students, he said.
Ministers Adimulapu Suresh, Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, Kodali Venkateswara Rao, Perni Nani, Vellampally Srinivas, MLA K Parthasarathy, and other officials took part in the event.