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'Teacher, Tiffin and Toilet' to prevent school drop-outs

Monday, March 12, 2018
By Raju Vernekar

The rate of drop-outs of girls from the minority community schools in the country, has been brought down to 40 per cent from the earlier 70 per cent by the Narendra Modi government and we intend to bring it down to zero per cent, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, while inaugurating 60 renovated toilets and water facilities at the Anjuman-i-Islam Girls High School in Bandra West, yesterday.

A thrust would be on the three Ts- “Teacher, Tiffin and Toilet” to improve the attendance of girls in the schools, Naqvi said, and added that the government’s main objective was to take the education to every home. The development could not be linked with the electoral politics and we have been concentrating on three Es- “Education, Employment and Empowerment” to achieve true development and we will ensure a supportive environment required to attain this.

“Education is very important for the development of any society and nation. As part of our key mission, the central government has emphasised on the education and more importantly, the education of the girls from the minority communities,” Naqvi said.

1,350 students attend the morning session, 1,308 students attend the afternoon session, with 33 teachers in the morning and 38 teachers in the afternoon holding the classes. Earlier, there was no separate arrangement to provide clean drinking water, due to which a lot of water was wasted and contaminated. With taps running dry, drinking water was not available. This led to an unhygienic environment.

As such, the toilet and water facilities at Anjuman, were provided by “Yuva Unstoppable” and “Taleem-O-Tarbiyat”. Chief Patron of Talim-o-Tarbiyat and businessman Zafar Sareshwala presided over the function, while Dr. Zahir Kazi, President of Anjuman-i-Islam Girls High School was the Guest of Honour.

On the occasion, Sareshwala said, “We want to bring about a sea change in the minority schools and the toilets will be cleaner than the classrooms. Most of the girl students used to avoid going to toilets since they were dirty. Now, the renovated toilets and drinking water facility will help improve their efficiency. The objective of “Talim-o-Tarbiyat” is to empower women, especially among the minority communities, by providing them with the best education backed by appropriate facilities right from their school days.”

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