SSA’s RTE Act campaign flagged off from Margao


Chief minister Manohar Parrikar, in the presence of several South Goa MLAs, on Monday flagged off the Goa Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan's 'Shiksha Ka Haq Abhiyan' campaign in Margao.
The campaign aims at creating awareness at the grassroots-level about the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
In the commercial capital, the campaign's rally culminated at Lohia Maidan, even as the float moved towards rural areas.
In the villages, personnel from the block resource centres will visit schools, public places and village panchayats to create awareness about the Act.
While Parrikar did not address the gathering of 500 school students, MLAs and ministers at the historic ground, he distributed Braille sets, wheelchairs and other kits to 19 children.
Addressing the audience were several of the MLAs.
Sanguem MLA Subhash Phal Dessai assured his support to children in their learning process; Sanvordem MLA Nilesh Cabral promised to make basic facilities like drinking water available to all students in his constituency; and Margao MLA and former chief minister Digambar Kamat said education is essential to all children and they should take advantage of the Act.
The campaign will cover 905 schools in North Goa and 595 schools in South Goa.
The idea behind the campaign is to involve local communities to create awareness about provisions of the RTE Act, which entitles basic education to children up to the age of 14.
Project director Farrel Furtado said 182 special children will be given Braille reading sets. [TOI]