Muttur school dropouts re-admitted with UNICEF assistance
[TamilNet, Sunday, 25 April 2004, 19:02 GMT]
The first batch of thirty seven students identified by the Child Welfare Unit of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) in Trincomalee district as school dropouts in Sinnakulam, Pallikudiruppu, Thangapuram, Santhanaveddai, Chenaiyoor, Santhosapuram and Kadatkaraichcenai in the Muttur east were re-enrolled for studies and were distributed with learning equipment and clothes for uniforms with the
assistance of the UNICEF at an event held at Chenaiyoor Central College Friday to mark the World Education Awareness Day.
The Trincomalee Educational Development Organization organized an event to this effect with the assistance of the TRO, UNICEF and principals and
teachers of the villages, sources said
Trincomalee TRO Child Welfare Unit through a survey identified school dropouts in several villages in Muttur east and submitted a list of 37 students to the UNICEF with a request to make immediate arrangements to
readmit them in schools in their villages with necessary assistance to continue their studies, sources said.
( L-R ) Trincomalee UNICEF official, Mr.Uthayakumar, and Mr.Logitharajah of the Zonal Education Office (both with garlands) are at the inaugural event.
Mr.P.Uthayakumar, the UNICEF's Trincomalee co-ordinator, speaking at the event commended the Trincomalee TRO for making the effort a succeed. He appealed
to the parents not to allow their children to be employed in order to earn due to poverty.
"Several social organizations are in existence to help poverty stricken families. Education is a must for development of the future generation. It is a crime for parents to deprive education to their children citing reasons of
poverty and other social difficulties," he added.
Mr.Thilakan of TRO, Mr.S.Logarajah, Assistant Director of Education
(Planning) and several others also spoke.
TRO official Mr.Thilakan handing over UNICEF learning equipment to a student re-admitted to school.
A section of parents and students who attended the function