15, 000 Mizoram children deprived of of schooling

About 15,000 children in Mizoram, aged six to fourteen, are deprived of schooling even though the northeastern state is India's second most literate after Kerala, an official report said. 'After finding that around 15,000 children, mostly tribals, are deprived of formal education, the state's mission of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) sent education volunteers as mobile teachers in the interior villages,' a report of the Mizoram education department said. The mobile teachers would persuade the children and their parents to enrol themselves in government schools.

According to the report, the children deprived of education were mainly concentrated in Lunglei, Lawngtlai and Saiha districts of southern Mizoram and Mamit district in the east adjacent to Tripura. Of the 15,000 illiterate children, 40 % were school dropouts and the remaining had never been enrolled in schools. In Mizoram, 88.80 % of the 900,000 people are literate. In the mountainous state of Mizoram, education was first initiated and popularised by the British. Missionaries were responsible for the growth and institutionalisation of education in the state, bordering Myanmar and Bangladesh. The first educational institution in Mizoram was initiated by missionaries in the Aizawl region in 1897. Later, three more government primary schools opened in Aizawl in 1898.

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