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Collective efforts of local villagers give fresh life to closed govt schools in Telangana

They are giving life to closed schools, bringing back the old grandeur of those shut down government schools. With the initiatives of local villagers and help of donors, these schools are getting better day by day.

Colorful campaign flyers, multi-storeyed buildings, children in uniform attires of tie, belt, shoes, school buses – this is the general picture of corporate private schools. On the other hand, we find morose government schools – schools with no teachers; if there are teachers, no proper building; when school has both building and teachers, parents not willing to send their children to these schools, due to poor standards. If someone comes forward and admits their children in these schools, they are struck with a doubt whether their children would finally get some decent education or not. Parents were full of anxiety that their children might fall behind in the race with the English medium students. Bearing this financial burden, many parents ending up sending their children to private schools, thus resulting perilous for government schools.

In these kind of depressed situations, some schools are generating hopes. With the cooperation of peoples’ representatives and active participation of local villagers, few government schools are heading towards their old grandeur. Closed schools are being reopened. With little support, government schools are proving themselves to stand up against the campaign of private, corporate schools. Eenadu correspondent witnessed this change of environment in several districts of Telengana during his tour across the state.

Majority of parents send their children to private schools believing that children will get good education only in private schools with English medium. To meet the expensive tuition fee, transportation and other fees in these schools, parents relying on loans from outside. Finally, these things leading to closure of government schools due to insufficient number of students. This pathetic situations slowly forced parents to rethink on why not to support available government village schools, instead of spending most of the earning on private schools. This consciousness was quite visible more in villages away from towns and urban cities.

Eenadu daily correspondent during his tour of Karimnagar and Jagityala districts witnessed this awareness and efforts of villagers and local representatives to protecting and reviving government schools in their villages. Such incidents were also came into light from districts of Warangal, Khammam, Rangareddy etc.

What are they doing?

  • Re-opening of schools that were shut down for last several years
  • Discussing with parents who send their children to private schools and explaining to them about schools.
  • Started teaching in English medium
  • Restored elementary grade classes, children of 3 years and above are being admitted into LKG.
  • Arranging transportation services through auto-rickshaws and minivans for children coming from nearby villages

The classroom studies ends by 4pm, but teachers are engaging children for additional hour with sports and cultural activities. By this, students reaching their homes , just after their parents return from work in farms and other places.

Seeking donations from locals and well settled village families living away or in abroad, for chairs, desks, projectors to enable digital teaching methods, English medium textbooks, toys etc. They are also taking help from these donors to setup drinking water, build water tanks, taps.

Government appoints staff based on the number of children in school. To avoid the shortage of teacher’s villagers also hired some volunteers and meeting their expenses through personal donations.

They are asking parents to take a pledge of not to send their kids to private schools and prefer to government schools.  With these actions, govt teachers are too willing to imparting quality education.

Lively schools

Nirmala Primary School, of Devaruppala mandal in Janagama district, was about to be closed due to enrolment of 28 students only. Sensing the danger village sarpanch Edama Indira Narasimha Reddy along with teachers visited every family and convinced parents and began English medium classes. In addition to existing two teachers, villagers have also arranged two more education volunteers at the cost of Rs.3,500/- per month. They have appointed maids and helpers as well.

Singarajupally Primary school was running with only 18 students and it was also in similar straits. Sarpanch Yadagiri and others visited the then exemplary elementary school running at Ontimmidipally village of Ainavolu mandal and thought to revive their government school with the money they are spending on private schools. As a result all 45 students of the village joined English medium government school in their village itself. Two more volunteers were added and their salary expenses were taken care by parents.

This picture with children in uniform dress, ties and shoes is of the government school of Ontimamidipally village of Ainavolu mandal of urban Warangal district. This school was shutdown 6 years back because of no students to attend it. With the inspiration from Ralegaon village of Anna Hazare, villagers have contributed their hand from every home and together took up development activities of the school. With their personal donations, they have employed education volunteers and as a result, the school is flourishing now with 370 students.

Education with all Facilities

High school of Kambalapally village of Mahaboobabad district has been remade into a look-alike of a corporate school. Dr. Kalvakoori Chandrasekhar donated water purifying plant. Former student, Dr. Venkataramulu gifted modern digital projector. Another old student, late film music director, Chakri presented a micro projector. Just like private corporate schools, children of this school too come in school uniform, tie, belt and shoes. Mostly they were arranged by donors. Now every classroom is furnished with fans and sitting desks.

Bonakallu Primary School of Khammam district has strength of over 200 students. Computer education is being imparted here. Starting from this year, the medium of education has become English. Village sarpanch, Chava Venkateswara Rao personally sponsoring 6 months’ salary of recently hired volunteer. Villagers too came forward and contributing Rs. 3,000/- towards two more volunteers. Former students association president, Dr. Gongoora Venkateswarlu along with other donors have spent Rs. 2 lakhs and built a cultural auditorium for the school. Over the past three years, villagers donated more than Rs.1 lakh for the school anniversary program.

The High school of Narayanpur in Gangadharam mandal of Karimnagar district was closed in 2011. MPTC member Baavu Mallesam, with the inspiration from former sarpanch Mallareddy, convinced villagers and they collectively spent over Rs. 40,000 to clean up the surroundings of the school. By this, the school got reopened in last year. Now, there are over 90 students from pre-elementary to 5th grade. They arranged auto-rickshaw for transportation of children from nearby villages. The transportation charges are being borne by parents.

Digital Teaching

Digital teaching classes started 2 years ago in Nancharla of Pegadapally mandal of Jagityala district. Former students donated a projector to the school. Students started watching stories and other sports along with regular school curriculum. Locals of nearby villages Dheekonda, Ramulaplly where schools were shut down were also convinced to send their children. They arranged auto-rickshaws for children. Now school is running with 275 students, compared to last year strength of 92. All classes are taught in English medium. NRI Siddhinki Tirupati donated baby chairs for students.

40 to 200

In 2016, there were only 40 students in Charla Patel Guda Elementary school of Ibraheempatnam mandal of Rangareddy district. Sarpanch Ganesh and villagers decided to send their children to local school only. As a result strength of the school increased to 205. As there were only 4 teachers, they employed 6 more education volunteers. Their wages are being borne by sarpanch,cooperative society chairman Hanumanta Reddy and members of the school welfare committee. They have also setup library, drinking water facilities and desks with their own funding.

Source : VSK Telangana

Latur Shows How To Overcome Water Shortage

Praising people of Latur in Maharashtra for showing a new direction to those suffering from water shortage, Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Dr. Mohanrao Bhagwat said that the RSS has been working to unite the society to face such times of distress and overcome them.

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He was speaking after performing ‘Jal Pujan’ (worship of water) on the banks of Manjra river here. The completely dried up river was brought to life once again by the collective efforts initiated by RSS Jankalyan Samiti, Art of Living and people’s participation.
The ‘Jal Pujan’ program was organised by ‘Sarvajanik Jalyukt Latur Vyvasthapan Samiti’ at the Nageshwar temple premises in the presence of Patron and President of ‘Jalyukt Latur Samiti’, Dr. Ashokrao Kukde and other prominent persons.
Sarsanghchalak said that the RSS was aiming to unite the society as has been achieved by the people of Latur. We may have different thoughts, differences over issues but when we come together as a society and work unitedly, we work as one people. This happened in Latur when the water scarcity became acute.
The people came together and faced the situation boldly without getting panicky and undertook efforts to tide over this calamity successfully. This example will work like a guiding light for the country, the RSS Chief said.
In facing the natural calamity of drought and water scarcity the people of Latur created a new pattern of people’s participation. Now this new ‘Latur Pattern’ would guide the country, he said showering praise on the people to make ‘Jalyukt Latur’ successful.
Latur suffered an acute water shortage in this summer and the railways had to send special water trains to meet the demand of the people. However, under the initiative of RSS Jankalyan Samiti and Art of Living, the people of Latur took up the work of rejuvenating Manjra River and succeeded in their mission.
They cleaned the river bed from Saai to Nagjhari and Takli covering a distance of 15 km by direct participation of the people.

Jadav Payeng & the Story of Mishing Forest

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An unbelievable story of an vanavasi( tribal )  from Assam, the echo of whose work travelled thousands of kilometers from the waters of Brahmaputra to the President at Rastrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

It has been believed that our holy river Brahmaputra has invoked harm and misery for the north east of India.  The reason being, the river Brahmaputra by the time it reaches Assam, carries long distance sand, soil, mountain rocks, huge debris along its course. As a result, the course widens till the time it reaches the banks of Assam, badly affecting the villages lining the banks. Every monsoon the flood waters, would wash away the plantations, trees and villages, altogether leaving the banks as a barren land.

In the year 1979, the young Jadhav Payeng after his 10th class exams, came back to his village and was strolling on the swiped out banks of the river Brahmaputra. He was taken aback to see more than 100 dead snakes lying on the banks.

Moving ahead, he realized that the entire bank seems to have been converted into a crematorium of dead reptiles and animals. He felt very sad and was deeply moved by this sight. This left him sleepless for several nights. His village elders told him that due to the decline in forest cover and deforestation, animals lost their homes. Young Payeng was absolutely convinced by their talks.

The very next day, the 16-year-old Jadhav, himself decided to plant few trees, and planted 50 seeds and 25 bamboo saplings. More than 35 years later, today the then washed away barren land host 1360 acres of lush green forest without any government aid or support.

The forest is now home to 5 Bengal tigers, more than 100 deers, wild boars, around 150 wild elephants, rhinoceros and many more wild animals. To widen the forest area, young Jadhav would travel early morning, 5 kms on a bicycle, crossing the river. He would plant more tree and saplings on the other side of the river and come back in the evening.   Continue reading

Common Smaashana ( Cemetery ) for All Hindus

Dasari Rangayya Smaaraka Smaashana Vaatika

By constructing a common cemetery for all castes, Metpally village is one step ahead of other villages in social harmony (sāmarasata). All castes share a common cemetery in Metpally (chinna) village, Keshavapatnam mandal, Karimnagar district.

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By allowing all the opportunity to enter into Siva’s ground, the village elders have inaugurated a movement to create social goodwill in all, which is unmatched in the history of the state. Like many other villages, they have demonstrated splendid ideals by taking a step forward, at a time the tangled knots of untouchability in Hindu society are being loosened.

Sukti Details

The sub-inspector of Husnabad, Sri Bhoomaiah, Sri Tummala Sriram Reddy were the chief l eaders of this divine activity. At a time when caste divisions are playing into caste politics, for providing a common facility for last rites to everyone, they alloted 20-30 kuntas, spent Rs. 20 lakhs, and built a cemetery that looks like a beautiful park. The facility is large enough to allow two cremations simultaneously. While cremations normally cost Rs. 15,000, here the cost of a cremation is estimated at only Rs. 5,000. With contentment, one can watch here the rites that enable the departed soul to reach an auspicious end.

The daily upkeep and organisation of the facility are being looked after by Sri Satyam, who runs a mechanic shop, Sri Ravi, Sri Ellareddy and other close companions. The cemetery was inaugurated in February, 2016, this year. It has witnessed so far (till June) nine cremations including those of two from Scheduled Caste community. Arrangements have been made for water for bathing and for wood so as to avoid inconvenience to the users.

This achievement of Metpally village is like a slap on the face of those who shout themselves hoarse from any available mike that the atrocities of the forward castes have increased, and is a standing reproof to those who support untouchability by arguing that all fingers are not created equal. It is also a lesson – instead of fighting, all village elders and youth should accord respect to everyone irrespective of caste, and build the feeling of harmony.”

In his Vijayadashami address in 2015, Sarsanghchalak of RSS had called for Hindu society to work towards ensuring that all HIndu have common access to temple, cemetery and water sources. Metpally village stands as an example in that direction.  This is #Hindutva in action.

News Source in Telugu by  Sri Appala Prasad, Samajika Samarasata Vedika

The story of Raju Nag of Chota Chindanaar :

-Dr.Mukund Karmalkar

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A medical camp was fixed in Chindanaar Village of naxalite dominated Abujmarh region of South Bastar – was threatened to be cancelled for certain intra-village rivalary. It was Dec’ 12, 2015. A space was requested in near-by govt. school. I could feel a tensed up Dr.Ram Godbole. In a staff room adhocly cleared up for patient’s checkup and testing – a dusty lady walked in with her little son saying that her son takes frequent breaks while playing and had a frail health. As fear rose in my mind – I nervously put my hand on his chest – and felt the blood rushing thru’ causing chest movement. I called in Dr.Ram Godbole and he could also hear the murmur of blood flow. We decided to investigate further. But, it was difficult to explain the parents. The suspicion was that the child had a Congenital Heart Disease but it required to confirm the diagnosis. For that imaging studies were required to be done. We took the address of the child and the Arogya Rakshak JITU went with parents to his home – so that he could be followed up. Next was the challenge before us about how to image his heart. We requested for a meeting with Dantewada collector and asked him for permission to use the Ultra sound machine at the district hospital of Dantewada. He immediately accepted the proposal but said that I need to conduct a medical camp at the hospital open for all in Dantewada. We decided to accept it as otherwise the patients have to be shifted to a very distant place just to come to a diagnosis.

Dr. Ram Godbole worked hard in explaining to the parents the need to take the child to district hospital and which was at last accepted when Jitu told that he will pickup and also drop back the child after the test and all this took a couple of months to achieve – which indicates the challenge required to be faced to advance each small step in this area – sometimes making you feel why at all we need to struggle? and for whom ?

On an evening of February when I was scanning after a hectic medical camp schedule – Jitu walked in with the child into the ECHO room. Dr. Ram Godbole was there. As I put the probe on his chest it clearly showed that there was defect in the wall dividing upper part of his heart called ASD ( Atrial septal defect ) – so the pure and impure blood got mixed up before it was pumped into circulation! ! It meant that there was no pure blood in his circulation so obviously his capacity to exert was less and development was stunted…. Dr.Ram Godbole was worried as I told him this needs to be corrected as early as possible as the life of child was at stake. It was a impossible for the family to afford an ICR ( Intracardiac Repair ) at a distant place. But, fortunately Koparkarji of Pune had told us about an institution in Raipur – about 500 miles off this village – SAI SANJEEVANI – which undertook such surgeries. We took the cue and Koparkar helped us in getting an appointment with the paediatric cardiologist – Dr. Yogesh Sathe.. We travelled to Raipur in April and met him and had a very warm yet robust interaction… As, everything was set and all threads woven the child was shifted with his sister to Raipur by Jitu. Dr.Ram Godbole stayed put at Raipur as the diagnosis was confirmed at Sai Sanjeevani. Dr.s decided to immediately conduct the surgery on the child and RAJU NAG was successfully operated on 26/04/2016. He had got a new life. With a quick and good postoperative recovery

Raju Nag has been discharged and is normal child now. Koparkarji’s Krudatnyata Trust, Pune; Vanavasi Vikas Samiti, Chattisgarh and Sai Sanjeevani Hospital, Raipur – bore all the expenses. It is a success story of organised effort to which Dr. Godbole played a central role. It is a success story of a Arogya Rakshak’s effort called Jitu Bek. It is a story of weaving a garland for our motherland called Bharat and an experience in national integration. There are many such Raju Nags waiting for us to locate and touch. May all of us contribute in this effort to our might.