Mumbai: In a groundbreaking endeavour to uplift the educational prospects of underprivileged children residing in Mumbai's sprawling slums, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has embarked on a transformative mission. The BMC's education department has unveiled its inaugural 'night reading hall,' a project designed to enhance the quality of education for students in Classes 9 and 10. The pioneering night reading hall program made its debut at the Nityanand Marg Mumbai Public School, nestled in the heart of the Koldongari (Sahar Marg) neighbourhood in Andheri East. These innovative reading halls are set to operate between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., ushering in a new era of educational accessibility.
The BMC's groundbreaking initiative represents a significant stride towards narrowing the educational gap and providing equal opportunities for all students, regardless of their socio-economic background. With this flagship project's launch, BMC aims to redefine the educational landscape for children dwelling in Mumbai's slums, bolstering their academic journey and paving the way for brighter futures.
Mangal Prabhat Lodha, the Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, shared ambitious plans for the program's expansion. "Soon, there will be 350-night reading halls in BMC schools," he announced. Recognizing the unique challenges faced by slum-dwelling children who often live in cramped conditions that can hinder their studies, Lodha expressed optimism that these reading halls would serve as catalysts for academic growth.
"I believe that night reading halls will definitely be beneficial for the educational journey of students in Mumbai," he stated confidently. "This will help night scholars and would raise the progress graph of many promising students."
Raju Tadvi, the Education Officer (Secondary) at BMC, highlighted the thoughtful provisions incorporated into the night reading halls. To ensure a secure and productive learning environment, separate rooms will be allocated for boys and girls. The initial phase of the night study sessions will span two hours, with the potential for extensions based on demand from students and their parents.
In a move that underscores BMC's commitment to inclusivity, the night reading halls will not be limited to BMC students alone. Students from other schools will also have the opportunity to benefit from these invaluable resources. Access will be granted upon the presentation of school identity cards and Aadhaar cards for verification purposes.
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