Srinagar: Director School Education of Kashmir, Tasadduq Hussian Mir, has stressed the need to strengthen initiatives for those children, who left schools during the extended break induced by the Covid-19 pandaemic.
Mir was speaking at the inauguration of a two-day training workshop of District Nodal Officers (DNOs), Master Trainers (MTs) and the Educational Management Information System (EMIS) coordinators.
The training has been organised by DSEK in collaboration with the Jammu and Kashmir Association for Social Workers (JKASW) and the Unicef.
The training, which was attended by coordinators from all 10 districts of the Kashmir division on Monday and Tuesday, was aimed at strengthen programmes aimed at school dropouts, especially those who left during the pandaemic.
The key objective of the workshop was to build capacities of resource groups, who would further train the field functionaries to strengthen programmes aimed at the school dropouts across all districts.
Mir said it is important to strengthen the initiatives for out of school children as there has been a long break in the schooling system because of the Covid-19 pandemic which may have resulted in some children not returning back.
“However, since the schools have opened it is an apt time to focus on building capacities of our cadres to ensure every such child is back in school,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Education Specialist J&K Unicef Danish Aziz reiterated that the UN body through its implementing partner JKASW is endeavouring to pull in various technical resources to support the education department.
In the closing remarks Ashfaq Ahmad Mattoo, Executive Director JKASW said given the post-Covid challenges in education, government and civil society organisations need to join hands to overcome them, especially, by bringing all children back to schools.
The training was attended by 30 DNO’s, MT’s, EMIS coordinators, besides key personnel from DSEK and was facilitated by senior resource persons from JKASW & Eduweave Foundation. (UNI)