Maulana Abul Kalam Azad remembered on National Education Day

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad remembered on National Education Day

National Education Day was celebrated across city schools and colleges on Tuesday, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, an eminent educationist and the first union minister of education of independent India. To mark the occasion, various competitions were organised.

The National Education Day was celebrated in Krishnagiri on Monday to mark the birth anniversary of the first Education Minister of Independent India, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

The celebration was organised jointly by the State Education Department and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) at the Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Krishnagiri.

Speaking on the occasion, V. Prabhakar Gnanakkan, UNICEF District Coordinator, Child Friendly Village Planning (CFVP), said that the UNICEF has initiated steps to sensitise children and parents on the Right to Education Act (RTE) 2009. The UNICEF coordinators and village level coordinators will issue pamphlets in detail about the role of parents and children as per the RTE to each and every school in the district during this month. The pamphlets will have features of the RTE Act.

Besides these, the UNICEF trained cultural troupes will also organise street plays on eradication of child marriage and child labour.

To ease the government in its endeavour to implement RTE in the State, the volunteers of UNICEF will visit all the 1,640 schools in the district with a set of questionnaire on infrastructure facilities in the schools. The coordinators will make all efforts to bring dropouts back to school through community mobilisation programmes.

“The Right to Education Act 2009 was enacted by the Union Government with an objective to provide basic education to every child. An awareness campaign is the need of the hour to make the provisions of this Act reach the public” Mr. Prabhakar Gnanakkan said.

M. Baskaran, Chief Educational Officer, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, said that the district is pioneering in implementation of School Sanitation Scheme through UNICEF intervention like creating awareness about hand washing, wearing footwear and monitoring the implementation of School Sanitation Scheme by giving star status to the schools with the SSA. He also said that besides this, the UNICEF has also undertaken the programme to monitor the school dropouts from the districts.

Several programmes will be held to spread awareness on Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009. The School Education department has also instructed the district level officials to circulate and read out the messages of the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh and Minister of Human Resources and Development Kapil Sibal and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to the students.

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Source: The Hindu. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2013.

Maulana Azad’s birthday to be celebrated as National Education Day by Govt. of A.P.

Thursday, 7 November 2013
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(Siasat News) The birthday of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first Education Minister of Independent India will be celebrated as National Education Day by Govt. of A.P. on 11th November 2013. Ms. Neelam Sahani, IAS, Principal Secretary of the Dept. of Minorities Welfare and Mr. Shaik Mohammed Iqbal, IPS, Commissioner of Minorities Welfare convened a meeting of the officials of the Dept. of Minorities Welfare and reviewed various welfare programmes for Minorities. It was decided to celebrate the birthday of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad as the National Education Day and also as Minorities Welfare Day. The State Govt. has decided to present awards to various personalities who have contributed for the development of Urdu language and literature. A.P. Urdu Academy will present best Urdu teachers awards and best Urdu students awards.

Prof. S.A. Shukoor, Director of A.P. Urdu Academy, Mr. Hasham Shareef, M.D. Minorities Finance Corporation and Mr. Uma Shankar, M.D. of Christian Finance Corporation and other officials attended the meeting. It was informed to the Principal Secretary that CM has been invited for the function. Mr. Ahmedullah, Minister for Minorities Welfare will preside over the function.

Source: Siasat Daily. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013.


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