Mumbai's first 'Signal School' for homeless children to be built in Chembur

The Planning Department of the BMC found a site at Amar Mahal in Chembur for Signal School

Mumbai's first 'Signal School' for homeless children to be built in Chembur

To bring children from homeless families in Mumbai into the stream of education, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to start Signal School. Mumbai's first signal school is to be opened at Amar Mahal (Chembur) under the flyover of Santacruz-Chembur road in the eastern suburbs. All the facilities will be provided for the students in this school which will be started in a container. This school will be built with the funds of the District Planning Committee.

Children from extremely poor households who migrated to Mumbai for livelihood or runaways live on the streets in Mumbai. Live life on the street. Due to lack of education, these children further become addicted or follow the wrong path. The BMC has taken an important and innovative step to give these children an opportunity to enter the mainstream of education. The civic body will set up a 'Signal School' for the educational system of around 100 children. This 'Signal School' will be constructed at Amar Mahal (Chembur) under flyover of Santacruz-Chembur link road in eastern suburbs.

State Skill Development Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minister and Mumbai Suburbs District Guardian Minister Mangal Prabhat Lodha expressed the need to create an educational system for homeless children in Mumbai. Accordingly, Lodha suggested the option of building such an innovative 'Signal School'. Financial provision for the said project has been made from the funds of the District Planning Committee (Mumbai Suburb). A survey was conducted in the eastern suburbs for a school for homeless children.

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The Planning Department of the BMC found a site at Amar Mahal in Chembur for Signal School. A consultant has been appointed to provide various facilities along with the construction of this school. The school will be supplied with essential materials, science laboratory equipment and materials, computers, printers and other school-related items, said Dr.  Sudhakar Shinde, Additional Municipal Commissioner.

In 2018, Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth Swayamseva Sansthan started Signal School at Teen Hath Naka in Thane. The organisation is working for the educational development of the homeless students near Signal. Many of those students have also taken professional courses while pursuing secondary education. On this line, the planning department of the BMC has taken the initiative to set up a signal school in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai. Generally, this school will be built with a capacity of 60 to 100 students. Accordingly, the tender process has started. Director (Planning) Dr Prachi Jambhekar informed that efforts will be made to provide more up-to-date facilities to students through these schools. He also said that along with the progress of the students, the social progress of the family will also be tried.

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