Back to School Campaign
Encouraged by the support of the public and teachers of the local schools during the
field visit to identify school dropouts and possible child labourers the staff of Don Bosco
Open Shelter, Davangere went on another trip in the morning hours of January 24,
2020. Lead by Mr. Sunil H (Coordinator) Mr. Dinesh KN (Social Worker), Mr. Nagaraj H,
Mr. Honnappa and Mr. Nataraj N (Outreach Workers) made a visit to Shekarappa
Nagar, Bharat colony, Kabbur Basappa Nagar and Basapura at 08.10 am. They found
nine school dropout children and visited their homes to collect Primary Documents.
Then they presented one of them before the Child Welfare Committee. The Committee
after consulting the child, his mother, and the Kaveramma school teacher and decided
to send to the Government Boys’ Home at MCC B BLOCK, Kuvempu Nagar,
Davangere, for further counseling. Remaining the eight children were readmitted to the
mainstream in different classes. The Open Shelter team was greatly supported by Mr.
Shivaprakash (Member of the Corporation, 19 th Ward, Shekarappa Nagar), Head
Mistress Govt. Urdu Primary School, Mrs. Soubhagya (Head Mistress, Sri
Revanasiddeshwara High School, Basapura) Mr. Shankargowda Basavanal, Mr.
Nagaraj (Assistant Teachers) and Local Youths.
Yesterday the same had a field visit to Anna Nagar in the afternoon of January 23, 2020
to identify school dropouts and they had found four boys and two vulnerable girls. The
team tried to convince them to go back to school through individual and group
counseling. Mr Nagaraj (BRC) and the local people asked them to visit the place in the
morning hours if they really need to see such children in these areas. So this visit was a
response to this suggestion and local support. Encouraged by the success these two
days the team has decided to make more targeted, issue focused and area focused
field visits in the coming days.