Scholarship Support for Children
Nagaland has achieved an important milestone in the field of quality education on account of the contributions of the Catholic schools that have been a major player from the 1960s. Despite many hurdles like transportation and communication, lack of personnel and finance the church invests hugely for the benefit of the people and socio-economic development of the state. With the involvement of the Catholic Church in the educational service of the state, the state emerged as one of the leading states in the country in terms of quality and literacy. Nagaland being a rural state, Catholic education is meant to uplift people-both urban and rural areas but particularly the latter who have otherwise no ways and means to achieve it. Hence the church gave an equal importance to both urban and rural areas by establishing schools at Tuensang, Kiphire, Peren, Phek, Dimapur and Kohima district from the beginning. The fact of the matter is that through the launching of schools in the interior places, the ratio of academic balance between the rural and the urban could be balanced, Thus Catholic education has helped to achieve socio- economic transformation in the state.
In this regard, the initiatives of DAN in different sectors include and consider young people as both its beneficiaries as well as collaborators. A sizeable percentage of the young people who are direct or indirect beneficiaries of the interventions of the organization are children in various settings. DAN engages with children in institutional, family and education settings through programmes and projects that are taken up by the organization from time to time. The objective of the DANs engagement with the children is to offer remedy to the vulnerability of the targeted children who are undergoing in a given circumstance. Our commitment is to provide the service with outmost respect to the internationally, nationally and locally laid down norms for the protection and promotion of the rights of the children.
The Children Scholarship support programme was initiated in the year 2004 with generous support from the Kindermissionswerk Germany. This is an annual school expenditure support initiative for the economically weak students in the state of Nagaland. The project support 150 children on an average providing them with school fees and ensures that the children are not dropped out of schools due to economic hardships.