IAS Couple In Uttarakhand Enrol Son To Local Anganwadi Centre
During the time of elections, education becomes a popular topic for the politicians. Endless promises are being made, and laws are legislated to make education better for the public. And why not, politicians and civil servants are public servants and that's their job but how many actually send their own children to government schools? In reality, a high percentage of public servants opt for private school when it comes to educating their own children. When they don't have the required confidence in their own product, how can general middle class public put their trust in government run schools?
An IAS couple -- Chamoli's first female District Magistrate Swati S Bhadoria and her husband, Nitin Bhadoria presently posted as DM Almora -- in order to change the common perception related to government run schools and anganwadis, has admitted their nearly two-year-old son in a state run Anganwadi center at Gopeshwar Village instead of an expensive private run day-care.
Chamoli district has 1068 Aanganwadi centers. You must be wondering what is Anganwadi? Anganwadi is a type of child day care center that was started by the Indian government in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program and is looked after by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. Kids from economically weaker background usually attend this day-care.
In spite of knowing all about it, yet this couple decided to send their child there because according to them they wanted their son to grow up in an atmosphere which encourages sharing. Swati while talking to NDTV said, "Anganwadi centers have all the facilities and a holistic environment which is good for the growth of a child."
Education, fun and food go hand in hand at these centers. My son is feeling very good there along with the rest of the children," she further adds. She is hopeful that her move will help in changing the general attitude of people towards Anganwadi senters.
"My son had food with his classmates and was visibly happy when he returned home," said the Chamoli DM to NDTV. Swati who seemed really happy with her decision recalled how in the last two days, Abhyudhya even shared his tiffin with his new friends of the Aganwadi center, “The facilities are good. The physical growth and weight chart is monitored and the children are given new challenges and tasks which keep them engaged,” said this parent.
This decision of hers has taken the locals by surprise. Tuesday was her two year old son, Abhyudhaya's first day to school which goes on from 9 AM to 1 PM, he was joined by 10 other kids. Swati sees nothing wrong in sending kids to aanganwadi, which according to her provides not only basic schooling but also good food and required health attention.
We hope more and more parents send their kids to government run schools, because this would help in improving the facilities provided in the school which would further lead to more locals seeking admission in these schools.
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