HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said reaching out to children who are out of the school system was of vital importance even as he called for greater community participation in education.
"There is a vital need to reach out to children who are still out of school," he said while stressing on the need to involve communities in education.
"Teachers can be the agents of change," he said, adding that reaching out to the unreached is the focus of the NDA government.
He also spoke about the need of pre-school education especially for the tribal population.
He also had an interactive session with 346 teachers who were awarded by President Mukherjee by National Teacher's Award on Teacher's day.
One of the award winning teachers from Bikaner mentioned about how girls in her school dropped after class 10th and how teachers in the school then decided to from a group in order to convince parents to let their girls study rather than pushing them for early marriage.
"As a result, the numbers have increased manifold," she said.
One of the teachers from Madhya Pradesh spoke about how he painted stories on walls to teach tribal children while another one from Telangana mentioned translating nursery rhymes in Sanskrit to teach children.
Referring to the interaction as "Javadekar sir's class", the HRD minister invited innovative suggestions, saying they could be taken across the country. He told the gathering that his mother was also a school teacher in a village where they lived