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Primary education for all -- Azim Premji Foundation, ties up with Karnataka

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THE Karnataka Government today signed an MoU with the Azim Premji Foundation to ensure education for every child in the State, universal education for all.

The Azim Premji Foundation was set up in 2000 with financial resources from the Chairman of Wipro Corporation, Mr Azim H. Premji. The Foundation has been focussing on primary education and aims at eliminating all forms of child labour detrimental to a ch ild's health, education and development.

The Karnataka Government had also accorded top priority to primary education. The joint action plan looks at covering the entire State in a phased manner.

The Foundation will first mobilise communities in identified areas, and ensure that every single child is in school and also ensure learning in every town, village and habitation in the area. Activists and youth from the villages committed to education w ill be pressed into service to do the ``mobilisation''.

The Government, for its part will provide the infrastructure, teachers and implement the plan.

The programme will concentrate on improving learning levels in schools, which is expected to both attract out-of-school children as well as retain the existing ones.

According to Government statistics, over 59 million children in the country are deprived of basic education. In Karnataka, over 10 lakh children in the age group of 6-14 years are out of school.

The Foundation has begun collaborating with the Government in 1,300 villages in Kolar and Mandya districts and plans to expand to Raichur, Gulbarga, Bellary, Bidar, Bijapur and Koppal districts soon.

Pic.: The Chairman, Wipro, Mr Azim Premji, and the Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr S.M. Krishna, exchanging files after signing a MoU in Bangalore on Tuesday for ensuring primary education to all children in the State.

Picture by G.R.N. Somashekar

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