The foundation stone for the construction of Shillong Juvenile School at Mawkasiang (Mawdiangdiang), New Shillong Township was laid on Saturday by the Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court, Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir.
Judge of Meghalaya High Court, Justice S R Sen, who is in-charge of Juvenile Justice Committee, Additional Chief Secretary (Social Welfare), H Marwein, Commissioner and Secretary (Social Welfare), Tining Dkhar, Director (Social Welfare), E Kharmalki, senior advocate and officials of the High Court and inmates of Juvenile Home were also present on the occasion.
A plot measuring over 25,000 square feet was allotted for the construction of the Juvenile School at an estimated cost of around Rs five crore. The School will have classes from Class 1 to Class 10.
In his speech, Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, said that education is one of the primary rehabilitative services that must be provided to children staying in juvenile homes.
He said that the school would help in mainstreaming the children through observation, education and vocational training as incorporated in the Juvenile Justice Act.
“With proper support and care, these children can return to society as bright future of the state and the country,” the Chief Justice said while hoping that the school will cater not only to the educational needs of these young kids but also develop them into good human beings.