cycling our way to learning
Adharshila team wishes you a happy and prosperous new year. End of every year is a time of celebrations, we bid good bye to the graduating students and welcome the new year batch with fresh resolutions and plans. We believe the best way to carry out this celebration is by empowering our students with means of accessing education without any hindrance. These hurdles especially in case of girls can deter their educational attainment. One such hurdle is of commuting miles to attend the school. Distance between school and student has always been a critical factor, which made us take the Satellite Resource Centers (SRCs) to villages. However, after successful completion of primary schooling, students, especially girls, whose villages are located far from Adharshila Middle and High School (AMHS) face difficulty in continuing their middle schooling. The core of this problem is the concerns of parents about the safety of their girls and at times moral obligations, which throws light on still a part of society which is apprehensive about women education. But the fact that such problems are shaping up, they demand for a solution too and making way for a new society where girls can freely move up the ladder of schooling. Further, we received similar concerns from male students as well. In this light, our task was to sort this issue in the best possible way we could. With the generous support and well wishes of our friends, last year we decided to distribute bi-cycles to these girls and boys for independent and safe commuting. After the success reported in attendance and academic performance post the first round of distribution in 2016, we decided to continue with the endeavor this year as well and bought bi-cycles for 30 students in the second round.
Rajkumari, a class 6th student who comes to AMHS from a village 6 kilometers away says “I manage to come to Adharshila everyday boarding the only bus that passes near my village in the morning, but as there is no bus that goes to my village when the school hours end, I do not attend the second half of the school to be able to reach home on time. Now, after getting my own bicycle, I will be able to attend all the classes without having to worry about reaching home late.”
Rachna, a class 10th student who comes from a village at a distance of 7 kilometer said, “Because I was not able to attend school regularly due to the distance I had to travel to reach Adharshila, I was lagging behind in the class. Since this year I have to give board exams and my parents cannot afford me tuitions at home, I need to attend the school regularly. With having my own bicycle, I will be able to attend all classes now and try to cover up my syllabus”.
Further, we are delighted to share with you the glimpses of our Annual Cultural Event. The most awaited event, which not just brings together students of AMHS and SRCs but also ex-students, parents and villagers was organized on 14th November 2017 (Children’s day). All of them contributed in their own capacity to make the evening a memorable one. This year nearly 500 students participated in the event, majority of them were from SRCs. The large audience which came from 30 nearby villages stayed with us till the end and applauded students for their beautiful performances.
We always try to make things better for students attending Adharshila. The firm belief and generous contribution from you helps us to strengthen our initiative. Thank you for being a part of our journey. Do consider sharing about this initiative in your circle. We’ll be delighted to receive your comments and suggestions on our work.
SRC students on stage