Inauguration of Chapdani Arya Vidyapith School by Kolkata Victorians RT 227

“A child without education is a bird without wings”- Tibetan Proverb.

With Indians ever increasing polulation the biggest challenge and the matter of concern is to provide quality education for every child born. Though the Indian government has been partially successful in increasing the literacy rate percentage however there still exits a major gap. Indias majority population lives in rural and yet there are countless villages where the children are not even getting the basic education properly. Illiteracy is a self fulfilling curse that perpetuates the chain of pverty, degradation and child labour. Round Table India has very well taken this initiative to reach out to these areas where the goverment is yet to lay its eyes upon.

The Victorians too after having collected enough funds through fund raising projects took the initative of inaugrating a school in one of the remotest parts of Bengal.

Fleet of cars in a queue drove down an hour north to reach the narrow lanes of the village. The narrow lane opened to a large ground . The villagers and the children were waiting anxiously for our arrival. When we arrived we had a very warm welcome from the local folks with welcome music, and few performances by the local kids. The podium was neatly kept on the stage with Round Table Banners along with KVRT-227 logos all around. After a small speech from the school caretakers and the local politicians we briefed the locals about the whole Tabling Movement. It was a good publicty for RTI as no one in the village had heard about us.

We would like to express our whole hearted appreciation towards the National Dignitaries who took out time to make the event a grand success. To mention the names National President Tr. Chritopher Arvinth, Area Vice Chairman Tr. Vivek Dalmia and others who were present to grace the occasion.

The total outlay of the project was Rs 24 lacs out of which Rs 7 Lacs we received from the RTI fund. Total of four classrooms were constructed by us. Total of 2500 kids in the school this was an additional block constructed by us to add capacity and quality to the existing block. Absence of any good school nearby there was urgent need for a project like this.

With loads of thanks and appreciation the locals greeted us whole heartedly. The smiles on the face of the children was a beautiful sight. Now they too can study and get a direction in their lives.

A glorious first half of the day was well spent. True to the defination of the word pure team work we Victorians embarked on yet another journey in the persuit of education the underpriviledged.


Ankit Budhia

Blog and Non FTE convenor – KVRT 227

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