Surat Stands Up For Migrant Culture With 120 Dedicated Schools For The Children

is the cornerstone of India, a pillar of virtue and a promise that has led the country’s development so far. But the melting-pot culture of societies in the country brought a diversity of ethnicity, languages, and traditions that couldn’t be accommodated by the existing structure of learning. A Marathi labor family might settle in Himachal for their livelihood, but they might not send their kids to a local dialect school as it would only make learning harder for them. And in order to curb any similar indifference, Surat is leading an exemplary mission to support this migrant

In order to aid the city’s workforce with the best available educational institutes, the municipal corporation in Surat has been running over 120 non-native schools. The aim is to encourage workers to help them get established in the city, despite any cultural baggage, and with non-Gujarati medium schools, this will encourage families to send their children to school. 



The city popularised for its textiles and diamonds hosts quite a large number of migrants, especially from Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. Over 66,000 children have been enrolled in these schools and the never seem to be only increasing. 

“We have 25 Hindi and nine English medium schools. We have started the secondary classes in Marathi and Hindi mediums as well to ensure that children of migrants get an adequate educational opportunity. You can’t expect the majority of people who have come here for work can afford for private schools. We are perhaps the only municipal body which runs schools in so many languages and their number has been increasing. Once a city caters to the educational and health needs, people prefer to bring their entire family to their place of work and that’s a good sign for a city,” said an official.



According to official data, 55 schools in the city catering to primary education are in Marathi medium, 28 Urdu medium, 7 Odia medium and 3 in Telegu. The municipal sources say that these schools were conceptualized in the late 90s as the majority of the population in the city constituted of migrants. “These are the softer features of a city to be called as a smart city rather than just building high rises and iconic structures. Surat has been a model for its inclusive approach to meet the requirements of different sections of society. The SMC has also undertaken some building complexes for the homeless,” the officials added. 

It is often a responsibility, not an obligation for a host to serve its guests. The better they are their responsibility, the more they flourish in society. Surat is a mine of enormous resources and this gesture will only help the city prosper in the coming future. 


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