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SEWA distributes awards to HSLC candidates from tea garden communities

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 July 2016 12:00 AM GMT

our Staff Correspondent

Dibrugarh, July 12: Socio Educatiol Welfare Association (SEWA), a non-governmental Organization (NGO), like last two years, this year too has distributed awards to all the HSLC candidates from tea garden communities.

The award, which comprises of Rs 10, 000 and a letter of appreciation, was given to the successful candidates of tea garden communities in order to help them for furthering their higher studies. All total 90 students from eight tea estates were selected this year to receive the fincial assistance as a part of project support to students from tea estates. Around 402 students who had appeared in the HSLC examition from eight coaching centers, a total of 260 students have come out successfully in the last HSLC examition.

Disclosing this at the scholarship distribution ceremony function held at Dhoedaam Tea Estate the Project Director of SEWA, Arfan Hussain stated that out of 90 award-winning students, 15 students were from Moran tea estate while 40 students were from Romai,Singlijan, Basmatia and Dikom Tea estates. During his welcome speech, Hussain further said that 33 students received their award in the iugural function, rest 15 and 40 students would be awarded on July 13 and July 14 at a function to be held at Moran and Romai tea estate.

The scholarship distribution ceremony function was held at Dhoedaam Tea Estate where Nirud Dutta, Welfare Officer of Dhoedaam Tea Estate was the chief guest and other dignitaries were Chanda Tanti, Welfare Officer, Surodhoni Tassa, Headmistress, D1 LP School, Dhoedaam Tea Estate, Probin Deka, Headmaster of Chah Mazdoor Central High School, Arfan Hussain, Project Director, SEWA Dibrugarh, Rupal Borah, Headmaster D2 LP School, Lalit Murah, Assistant Teacher, Mahipal Manki, 2 no Ward Member of Dhoedaam Gaon Panchayat, Karnel Singh, Rainforest Alliance Coorditor of Dhoedaam TE, Sanja Gorh, ACMS secretary of Deamoolie Tea Estate, Biyak Dewan, Project Mager, SEWA CHAI Project, John Paul TIrkey, Project Officer, Sanjib Gogoi, Field Officer and other SEWA CHAI project field officers and coaching cntre teachers.

SEWA, having its head office in Dibrugarh, is working for the tea garden communities in Upper Assam focusing in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts. The core activities of the SEWA CHAI project are free coaching class to Class IX and Class X students; vocatiol training to drop out students; economic development; working with local government; and fuel efficiency stoves.

SEWA CHAI Project has started academic coaching programme for class IX and class X students in the tea estates of upper Assam since 2014. These centres are a part of the CHAI Education Retention Program, which has garnered enormous support from the tea communities, including students and tea estate magement.

Addressing the function, Nirud Dutta, the chief guest, in his message said that students and parents should take equal responsibility and make education their backbone for achieving economic uplift. As the dropout ratio is high in tea gardens from Class VIII onwards, the parents have to motivate their children for education and make their future bright. Dutta further said that the scholarship award would give relief to parents for admission expenses and help the students to concentrate on their studies.

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