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SHGs to be involved in literacy campaign

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HYDERABAD, JAN. 6. The Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has said that five lakh women members of the self-help groups will be involved in the total literacy campaign in the State.

Inaugurating a three-day international seminar on `Education for all' implementation, organised by the UNESCO here on Thursday, Dr. Reddy said methodological and language issues were being dealt with to improve easier access, acceptability and retention of learning.

He said despite achieving 99 per cent enrolment, there were 4.40 lakh children out of the schools who were working for their family's living.

The Government was successful in tackling the problem by involving non-governmental organisations. "The vicious cycle of poverty must be broken and education was the easiest and least controversial way of doing so," he pointed out. The Chief Minister said 94 residential schools for the girls would be opened this year. He said the more Muslim agencies should come forward to provide education to girls of the community. He said education for tribals was also high on the Government agenda.

Dr. Reddy welcomed private sector participation in education whether for profit, charity or religious reasons. Delegates from Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, China and Mozambique are attending the seminar. The Director of EPS, UNESCO, Mir Asghar Husain, Administrative Staff College Principal, S. K. Rao and UNESCO Senior Programme Specialist, Abby Riddell, spoke.

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