Aftermath Of Maharashtra Floods - Focus On Children's Education

School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad has directed the officials to pay special attention to the education of students affected by the floods.

Aftermath Of Maharashtra Floods - Focus On Children's Education

School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad has directed to commence school education in the flood-affected areas at the earliest. Officers present in the meeting brought to light the damage caused to schools in their respective districts.

Gaikwad has directed towards the provision of textbooks, where needed. Offline and online education is instructed to be arranged to ensure that students are not affected. Nutritious diets should also be offered to those students influenced. Considering that health aliments may also arise, health tests of students must be undertaken. Alternatively, arrangements for dormitories of those orphaned due to the floods must also be undertaken, claim reports.

According to a preliminary survey, a total of 456 schools in nine districts of Maharashtra include Kolhapur, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Satara, Sangli, Raigad, Thane, Palghar and Pune have been damaged due to heavy rains. Classrooms have been damaged along with their protective walls and roofs, in some places. School supplies and textbooks have been washed away in some places. Rice and cereals provided under the school nutrition program in schools in Panhala and Gaganbawda areas have been damaged. Rs 28,20,76000 will be demanded from the government to compensate for the loss caused to these schools.

Whilst the floods have left devasted effects, efforts are being made on a war footing to ensure that education is provided to students. This is done through various mediums by the education officer of each district.

Reports state that 38 schools in Mahableshwar taluka of Satara district have been affected by the floods. Online education has been difficult considering its hilly terrain. Owing to this, an initiative was launched by the Mahableshwar Panchayat Samiti to provide booklets for self-study to every student.

Additionally, a program has been commenced on the local television channel in Mangaon in Hatkanangale taluka of the Kolhapur district. Herein local teachers are conducting courses through the television. 

For remote areas in the Raigad district, the entire village including the school in Sahyadri Wadi will have to be rehabilitated. Along with offline education in this area, education for all students in its vicinity will be started on a pilot basis, August 10 onwards through the radio.

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