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AOL unveils edu project for underprivileged children

Last updated: 04 October, 2010
Bangalore, Oct 4, (PTI): 21:14 IST

With the aim of bringing value-based education to the children residing in the slum areas of Bangalore, the Art of Living on Monday officially launched its 'Vidya Shilpa' project under the umbrella of the Divine Karnataka project (DKP).

The project benefits more than 1,20,000 students in 206 schools across Karnataka. The project is being supported by the Karnataka Education department with the sole motive of upgrading the government schools in the state, an AoL release said.

Hanumantrayappa, Joint Director Projects, Education Department, Karnataka, was present at the launch along with Swami Vishnupad, Senior Art of Living faculty.

Over 200 youth leaders of the concerned area would go to every house to ensure that the children go to school and convince the parents for the same, said Nagraj Gangolli, Co-ordinator, DKP.

The project also aims to check the school dropout rate by identifying and enrolling eligible children in schools.

“The schools in the North Karnataka districts have been chosen as the education scenario in these areas is extremely poor. To improve the situation, we are presently working in these areas,” said Gangolli.

The project is functional in 47 government schools in Bangalore slums, 19 schools in Bidar, 53 schools in Chikmagalaur, 42 in Gadag, 28 in Gulbarga, 7 in Koppal and 10 in Shimoga.

The DKP is one of the projects undertaken by Vyakti Vikas Kendra, a Trust that belongs to the Art of Living that take up programs to enhance quality of life in slums and villages.

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