To teach children from slum areas who had to leave education due to the ongoing pandemic, old Bengaluru public buses will be turned into mobile schools.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to take the kids back to schools who had to leave education due to COVID. As part of this mission, old Bengaluru buses will be turned into mobile schools.
One of the adverse effects of COVID was undoubtedly on education when the normal functioning of schools was disrupted. A lot of underprivileged children took to the streets to make their living. And now, there is very little chance that they will join schools again. In such a situation, BBMP is all set to find these children through a survey aiming to bring them back to schools.
The Municipal Corporation has taken 10 buses from the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). These old buses will soon be converted into mobile schools. The buses will have a whiteboard and cupboards for books. These buses will also have a good amount of space for children to sit for the lessons.
BBMP will spend Rs 4 lakh on each bus to ensure better facilities for the children. On Monday, two BBMP Special Commissioners had inspected a prototype of one such bus.
Door-to-door survey to identify kids
As per plans, the civic body will conduct a door-to-door survey to identify “out-of-school” children. The survey will gather the details of children from 6 to 14 years of age. The details will also include information on children who dropped out and on those who have not attended any schools.
After the survey, the buses will visit the areas where the number of “out-of- schools” children are high. The major focus of these buses will be on slum areas. However, these buses will also cover some residential areas. The teachers from the BBMP’s schools will teach these children.
Apart from this, BBMP had organized a one-day workshop on ‘Prevention of child beggary and child hawking’ on Tuesday.