Only education can change fate of Gujjars :Javaid Rahi

JAMMU, Mar 1 (Agencies): Only education can change the fate and future of Gujjars -the main   Scheduled Tribe group of Jammu and Kashmir-  said  noted tribal scholar Dr Javaid Rahi while inaugurating a 3-day Arts Festival organised by Yes India Foundation at Yaseen English School Bathindi , here this afternoon.

He , in his presidential address stated  that the Gujjars and Bakerwals are  facing  tremendous challenges  in competitions due to low literacy rate in  comparison  with other tribes of  Jammu and Kashmir.

He said sustainable ,  voluntary,  affordable and inclusive education programme are required for tribal groups keeping in view the migratory way of life , that will help weaker sections to get benefits of reservation under ST .

He said that this is a matter of grave concern that every 7 out of 10  Gujjars /and Bakerwals  of  Jammu and Kashmir are illiterate as per census  data 2011   added that condition of women of  these tribal groups  are  worst with  82.2% illiteracy as revealed in data released by Registrar General of India in census report.

He said that extreme poverty, rough and tough life ,    early marriage system and nomadic traditions are also  causing a  dark shadows over the future of  lakhs of  nomadic Gujjar and Bakerwal  children residing in the most backward, hilly and border areas of Jammu & Kashmir .

He appreciated the efforts of  Yes India Foundation at Yaseen  English High School for providing quality education to tribal and weaker section children in different areas of Jammu and Kashmir with 36 chain of schools.

He impressed upon the school management to arrange  special classes on environmental issues besides national integration, inter-faith understanding , tolerance and brotherhood. 

Dr Arif Sajad , Associate Prof. of Law , University of Jammu also spoke on the occasion and asserted that good teachers can change fate of students.

Others who spoke  on the occasion includes , Dr Shokat Bukhari  Chairman Yes India Foundation from Kerla, Dr Amjad Bhat , Ramshad Prammal Principal of the School Mohammad Kafail Chouhan  staff  Secretary  and  Ch Yasir Bashir.

Later awards were distributed among teachers and  meritorious students , scholars. 

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