Education  India Project #27902

Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India

by Kusala Projects Inc.
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India
Educate Forty Village Children in Bodhgaya, India

Children's Day is celebrated across India to increase awareness of the rights, care and education of children on 14 November every year as a tribute to India's First Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Jawaharlal Nehru was born this day in 1889. He was known for his love and affection for children and advocated for children to have fulfilled education. He once said ‘The children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country’.

On this day, many educational and motivational programs are held across India, by and for children. Parents and teachers give gifts to children and schools and colleges hold several functions including quiz, competitions, and music and dance performances on this day. At Elsa Primary School, the day was celebrated with students singing, distribution of sweaters whilst older students prepared a delicious curry and rice lunch for everyone.

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Rakshan Bandhan is a festival held in Hindu communities on the last day the Hindu lunar month in August. This year it was on 15th August, coinciding with Indian Independence Day. Ceremonies for both events were held at Elsa Primary School.

Raksha means 'protection' and bandhan signifies the verb 'to tie together' - 'the bond of protection, obligation or care'. The eternal love of the brother-sister relationship is symbolized by a sister tying a rakhi (thread or amulet) around the wrist of her brother in order to pray for his prosperity, health and well-being. The brother in return offers a gifts and promises to protect his sister from any harm and under every circumstance. 

The festival is also celebrated between brothers & sisters belonging to distant families, relatives or cousins and can extend to any type of brother-sister relationship between men and women who may not be biologically related.

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For the first time, students of Elsa Primary School have uniforms - a pleasant schema of yellow, white and brown! Wearing the uniforms will increase a sense of unity, identity and pride in the school. 

The students received their uniforms on return to school after the recent long summer break. Temperatures were extreme during the hot season - as high as 46'. For this reason, the Bihar government extended school and college holidays by a week. This is a regular occurence each hot season and also during the wet and cold seasons when extreme weather conditions necessitates closure of schools, colleges & other institutions.

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During April, there were a couple of milestones for Elsa Primary School. 

The first was the school entering its ninth year of providing education for children in and around Bodhgaya, Bihar. In its new location, Karmoni village, the school has been warmly welcomed by parents and students.

The second was the 95th birthday of the school's patron, Mrs Elsa Lalchere of Australia. This was celebrated by the students with a birthday cake, sweets and drinks (provided by Mrs Lalchere). The 'party' was very much appreciated by the students with all having a good time.

May Elsa Primary School and Mrs Elsa Lalchere share many more milestones!

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Over the last 12 months, there has been an increasing number of Elsa Primary School students from the village of Karmoni, 15 km from Bodhgaya. Now 75% of students are from that village. At the end of 2018, their parents petitioned Kusala Projects for the school to be relocated there..

Subsequently, the parents offered a building in Karmoni with three classrooms, a kitchen, a toilet and an open roof (useful for classes in winter time). This is far superior to the old location where two classes were held in one room. Thus, Kusala Projects agreed to relocation, which took place a few days ago. Due to the deadline of this GlobalGiving report, the photos below look a bit bare as desks & furniture had not yet arrived from the previous location.

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support of Elsa Primary School! We will need your help again in 2019 to continue offering education to these village children. Soon, I will send you information about a GlobalGiving fund raising campaign which will take place in early April.

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