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The team comprises A. Huizer, A. Joustra, G. Schaank, A. Vanstek and T. Vandervlies. The MV Foundation, involved in running child labour schools and the Bala Karimika Vimochana Vedika, a forum of committed teachers working towards elimination of child labourers, interacted with them. Teachers from Srikakulam, East and West Godavari districts participated. A 30-member delegation of AOb Union is now touring eight districts.
Mr. Schaank said he had visited Ranga Reddy district three years ago and it was an emotional experience to see the condition of child labourers there. The present visit was for a realistic assessment. He said there was an amazing improvement. He made a particular mention of parents being motivated to enrol children and mobilisers being employed to bring back children who stay away from schools. He said there was no child labour in the Netherlands. But the present visit was aimed at building a campaign against child labour in other parts of Europe.
The District Collector, K. Vijayanand, said after the implementation of the District Primary Education Programme and launching of initiatives to eliminate child labour, the enrolment had gone up from 74 per cent to 97.55 and retention rate from 42 to 77 per cent. There was no habitation in the district without school, he added. The Velugu Project Director, A. Sivakoti Prasad, and DPEP Additional Project Co-ordinator, B Malleswara Rao, also participated.
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