This is the mother of all programmes- educating illiterate parents for free. The Mass Education department along with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in India will conduct classes for illiterate parents of out-of-school children during the Chinnara Angala programme.
Chinnara Angala, a two-month bridge course held twice a year, aims at bringing drop-outs back to the mainstream. Since Chinnara Angala is mostly held in government schools, a decision has been taken to educate parents along with their children. While SSA teachers will concentrate on students, mass education volunteers will cater to adults. As the bridge course extends up to 100 days in areas where drop-out rate is high, accommodation will be provided to students and their parents in government schools. There are two incentives: A common venue for the entire family to get educated and no fixed timing for classes. As per the March 2005 Child Census, there are 1.05 lakh out-of-school children in the state. Every bridge course will have at least two volunteers