“To the uneducated an A is just three sticks.” –A.A.Milne.
After years of freedom, millions of children in our country still suffer from a major disease called illiteracy. It is a curse that most of these children become the victims of poverty, degradation and child labour. Increasing population, lack of infrastructure, unavailability of proper faculties, obsolete teaching methods, improper hygiene conditions is a common sight found in the schools of Indian villages.
These children are the key to future of our country and it’s our duty as being the lucky ones to join hands and support the very need of the hour. ie. proper education to the deprived. Round Table KVRT 227 took this initiative to build one in one of the remote villages of West Bengal called Barasat.
An hour drive from the city we had to divert our vehicles off the main road to meet the narrow single-lane dusty road which took us to the village. It was a beautiful sight as the sky was filled with red dust blowing from the speeding convoy of posh cars passing through the paddy fields on both sides. It was like a treat for the locals who never would have imagined such a sight.
It was a big day for our Table as a lot of sweat and hard work and constant management had gone into making this beautiful landmark in the centre of the village.
“Netaji Pally Free School” as the name says was the cynosure of attraction that morning. An old dilapidated open structure was converted into a massive yellow colour giant building with beautiful walkway and gallery. The air around the building smelt of the aroma coming out of the newly added polished wooden chairs and tables. The once dark and dingy classrooms were fitted with huge tube lights and large fans and there was ample space for proper ventilation. The toilets too matched all the hygiene standards.
We had a very warm welcome by showering of flowers by the local people along with the children of the school who were all dressed in coloured uniform waiting anxiously with folded hands for our arrival. The management of the school was constantly thanking us on our way inside.
As we entered we say the whole playground was turned into a massive gathering of the students and the teachers and a large stage on one side. The Head board of our Table and the National Sec. Tr. Christopher Arvinth and Area 4 Chairman Tr. Harmeet along with other dignitaries took the stage. The Tablers and the Circlers took the seats. There was a brief speech by the school principal along with few teachers.
We could see the eyes of the children sparkling with hope and motivation. They were constantly shaking hands with the tablers and the circlers. The smile on their faces cannot be explained in words. Some children even bowed down to touch the feet of the tablers. All that the tablers could do their best was hug them and give them blessings for a great education and career ahead.
The media was also present and were taking note step by step of the ceremony.
For the Victorians (KVRT 227) it was truly an emotional as well as a proud moment. Altogether in phase 1 six classrooms were built and around 400 children will reap the benefits of studying in a new and modern school.
Kvrt 227 will continue to work towards building more such Educational Temples within our state.
Kolkata Victorian RT 227
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