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

Recently, I was in Bodhgaya and visited Elsa Primary School. As always, it was joyful to spend time with the students. I sat in on various classes and participated in their meal break.

The forty students range in age from five to thirteen. Thus, there are two classes divided according to age - with desks facing in different directions for each class. The older students are taught by the principal, Shahab, and the younger students by the lady teacher, Sarita. Also, there is a young university student volunteer who is helping teach the younger students and prepare meals. 

The students are very enthusiastic about Elsa Primary School. Thank you to everyone for providing this educational opportunity for these children ♥

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Independence Day occurs on 15th August each year in India. It commemorates India's breaking away from 200 years of British colonial rule. The independence movement was led by Mahatma Gandhi, the most revered person in modern Indian history. Throughout the country, government organizations, schools and colleges conduct flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural events.

The flag raising ceremony is a proud tradition at Elsa Primary School, with the students participating in decorating the ground and erecting the flag pole. The Indian national anthem 'Jana Gana Mana' is sung as the flag is raised. After the ceremony, delicious local sweetmeats are distributed amongst the students.

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Preparation
Preparation

SInce Elsa Primary School opened in 2010, classes have been conducted with students sitting on mats on the floor. Recently, donations from our kind supporters have facilitated the purchase of eight benches and desks. This will provide seating for forty students, five to each desk. 

First, the metal frames were treated with anti corrosive paint by the school principal. Then, he coated the wooden benches & desks with varnish before assembly. 

Photos of the students in their new seating can't be displayed yet as summer vacation does not end till 21st June. However, there is no doubt the students will be thrilled by ther new 'elevated learning environment'. 

Assembled
Assembled
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At Patna Zoo
At Patna Zoo

Excursions are a useful enhancement to the education experience. Although there are many important historical sites in the Bodhgaya area, Elsa Primary School students were most keen to visit Patna Zoo & Planetarium.

Patna is the capital city of Bihar, 110 km from Bodhgaya. Due to heavy traffic and poor roads, the journey took 4 hours. Most of the Elsa students had never been further than 15 km from their villages and were unaccustomed to vehicular travel. Thus, there were many bouts of motion sickness along the way. Despite this, all had a great day! The big cats on display at the zoo were especially popular.

Viewing zoo critters
Viewing zoo critters
Alighting the mini bus
Alighting the mini bus
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Sangeeta
Sangeeta

Sangeeta is eleven years old and has been attending Elsa Primary School since March, 2015. She lives in Jamna Biya, a small village one kilometre from the school. Her father is a farmer and her mother is a housewife. There are eight children in the family, six girls and two boys. 

Sangeeta is diligent in her studies, with English being her favourite subject. When asked what she likes about Elsa Primary School, she replied 'good education and food'. Her suggestions for improving the school are uniforms and computers.

Away from school, Sangeeta enjoys singing and playing with friends. The most important people in her life are her parents, and the person she admires most is Mahatma Gandhi, father of the Indian nation.

Sangeeta aspires to be a school teacher. It may be an ideal vocation for her as she is happy to share the responsibility of preparing both the classroom and meals for the other students. Hopefully, she can achieve her goal!

Sangeeta and her mother
Sangeeta and her mother
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Kusala Projects Inc.

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