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Thanks to paediatrician Govind Singh Chappola, who has opened the free study centre for children, atleast 10 of the children have joined a regular school.

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Jaipur : Dr. Govind Singh Chappola, a paediatrician, has recently opened a free study centre at Neem Ka Thana town in Sikar district for providing education to the poor children, all ragpickers, which operates between 3pm and 5pm every afternoon.

Chappola, who was motivated by his late father’s community work, began this centre in front of his house in Singhiwal Basti last year where he has appointed a teacher whom he pays from his pocket.

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“Keeping in mind suitable timing for these children, the study centre runs from 3 pm to 5 pm every day. I started this in October last year and till the time of summer vacation we enrolled over 100 students in just four months. Of them about 35-40 children are coming to study regularly. Some of them never went to any school,” Chappola told IANS.

“I am happy that at least 10 of these students have now joined a regular school. It was my dream that they should be motivated to join the school,” he said.

“Since the beginning of this new session about 50 days back, we have enrolled 70 such children as students,” he added.

“I am sure that in future the number will increase. My main aim is to motivate these children and their parents about education,” he said.

“I have been inspired by my father Sultan Singh Chappola who tried to help people in whatever way he could. He used to organise prize distribution ceremony at schools with an aim to motivate children to study,” he said.

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After his father’s death, Chappola opened the study centre. Thanks to his efforts, even the parents of these ragpickers have now started to realise the importance of education.

The doctor provides text books free of cost. To motivate these children so that they attend the classes, he offers them chocolates too. He also provides school uniform to these children.

Chappola, who works at the Kapil Hospital, offers free treatment to the children and provides medicines as well.

“I want to see these children happy, healthy and educated. It is a small effort for my own satisfaction and I am doing it without any help,” Chappola said. (IANS)

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The effect of nutrition appears to be cumulative, seen over time.

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Primary school children who ate midday meals over an extended period were shown to have significantly better learning outcomes, according to researchers of Indian-origin.

The researchers, in the study published in the Journal of Development Economics, suggest a powerful connection between nutrition and education.

Professors Rajshri Jayaraman from ESMT Berlin in Germany and Tanika Chakraborty from the Indian Institute of Technology in India studied the effects of India’s midday meal scheme – the world’s largest free school lunch programme – feeding over 120 million children every day.

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The study showed that children with up to five years of midday meals had reading test scores that are 18 per cent higher than those of students with less than a year of school lunches.

In addition, they showed an improvement of nine per cent for maths test scores.

“The effect of nutrition appears to be cumulative, seen over time. Previous studies have varied between two weeks and two years, and failed to capture the important impact. Our research shows that the real benefit of school lunches was seen in children exposed for two to five years,” said Jayaraman.

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For the study, the researchers used data from nearly 600 rural districts in India, covering over 200,000 households.

In 2017, World Food Programme implemented or supported school feeding programmes for 18.3 million children in 71 countries.(IANS)