Most of Jajarkot Dalit children deprived of education: Study
Last Updated At: 2011-02-26 11:02 PM
The Himalayan Times
JAJARKOT: A recent study report of an NGO questions the authenticity
of District Education Office data that show that only 20 per cent of
Jajarkot's Dalit children of schoolgoing age are deprived of
Based on the findings of a three-month study that it conducted in the
district from December-end, the NGO Dalit Women Empowerment Forum
states that roughly 60 per cent of the district's Dalit children —
8,000 of 13,300 — are deprived of education.
Children from poor Dalit families make the most of the illiterate children.
According to Gita Sunar, the forum chairperson, most of these children
are from landless families. They have been working as Khaliya and
Haliya (farm labourers) to make a living. The report states that 468
Dalit families of the district have been working as haliya and 126
families have been working as khaliya.
Like other Dalit organisations in the district, Netralal Sunar of the
National Dalit Network says: "The DEO data on illiteracy among
Jajarkot's Dalit children do not reflect the reality."
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