Friday, Jul 10, 2020 12:45 [IST]
Last Update: Friday, Jul 10, 2020 06:53 [IST]
GEYZING (IPR): With a mission to improve primary education for children from remote areas in West Sikkim, the west district administration under the leadership of DC (west) Karma R. Bonpo has started a program for providing free hostel facilities in various schools.
Launching the program today, about 20 school children from the remote village of Mangdher will be provided hostel facilities in Reepbhum Academy in Gangyap and New Horizon Academy in Tashding. Under the initiative, these schools will provide hostel facilities and primary schooling to these children.
The initiative is being funded by REC Foundation and similar sponsorship drive for children from other remote villages in the district will be undertaken in the coming days.
A sum of Rs.1,08,000 was provided to New Horizon Academy as hostel fee support for six months. Similarly, Rs. 1,56,000 was provided to Reepbum Academy. These schools will start providing education to these sponsored students after the lockdown is lifted.
Speaking on the occasion, DC (west) Karma R. Bonpo stated that the State government has given much emphasis to improve and innovate for quality education. “This initiative is being launched to support the mission of the State government. It is important to provide hostel facilities for these children of Mangdher village as school facilities are not available in the village. Therefore, students who travel long distance to other schools have been provided hostel facility along with schooling in Tashiding and Gangyap in consultation with their parents,” he said.
Bonpo stated that he was very hopeful that these children will be provided good education and have a bright future. He also thanked REC foundation for supporting the initiative.
Additional district collector Karma Loday Lepcha stated that RMRT (Renjyong Mutanchi Rong Tarjum) had played a key role in identifying the children and motivating the parents to send them to these private schools.
The RMRT, a non-profit social organization, has been working tirelessly for improving the condition of these remote tribal people. The RMRT also contributed an amount of Rs. 16000 each for education of these children.
The district administration through its mission of providing hostel facilities to remote village children intends to provide quality education to the disadvantaged children so that they are ready for the competitive challenges of the future.
The program was also attended by Sidharth Yonzone, EMRS principal; Dawcho Lepcha, RMRT president; Mingma Lepcha, CA to the Deputy Speaker; principal and staff of Reepbhum Academy and New Horizon Academy.