Rural child painting in his drawing book
Hope you are well and had a great Easter this year. I am writing to share with you a story of a rural school which inspires faith in investing in more into education in our area.
As you know with your support we run 180 rural schools reaching out to more than 5,500 children for their education. Seva Mandir started running Shiksha Kendra (formerly known as Non Formal Education Centres) in 1970s with 10 schools. The aim of running Shiksha Kendras (SKs/ rural schools) is to ensure quality education to tribal children of 6-14 years old in remote rural areas of Udaipur District who have no access to education for social or economic reasons. Most of our Rural Schools are located in impoverished and remotest villages where Government schools are either located very far or not functional. These single teacher rural schools enable children to read and write with comprehension and promote them for higher schooling.
In addition, these schools also enable the communities to experience an alternative and meaningful quality education. The hope is that working with the communities through these schools, the communities will be able to demand quality education from the Government in the longer run.
Being able to read and write and the joy that results from comprehension is a great feeling for these children attending the rural school as well as for the teacher who works hard with his/her children at these schools. The story depicted below my letter is one of such story.
Having you as our partner in this journey makes our struggle a little less harder. Your steady support and faith helps us to create thousands of stories Thank you for adding to these children’s happiness and empowering them.
Please do share your thoughts and comments on this program if any. Thank you again and with warm regards,
Story of Transformation
Shiksha Kendra located at Dhana Fala in Kham village stands one of the best example for enabling children with quality education and community participation. The village has two primary government schools however for several reasons children don’t attend these schools or drop out very early. Since a large number of children had been out of the schools the parents discussed the issue in village meetings several times. They requested Seva Mandir to set up a school for their children. Hence a school was set up in July, 2006.
Currently 95 children are enrolled in the school which is unusual. On an average in any rural school we have 25-30 children. Of these 95 children currently enrolled in Dhana Fala rural school, most of them commute every day a distance of 5 to 10 kms to attend this school. There are four instructors to cater to these 95 children. The village fully supports the school. During festivals, they distribute sweets and gifts to children at the school and also contribute towards the maintenance of the small school building.
Hariram is a farmer and lives in Pawatri village which is 4-5 kms away from this rural school. Last year, he got his son Roshan enrolled in Dhana Fala rural school (Shiksha Kendra). Before Roshan’s enrollment here, he was studying in a primary government school in Pawatri village. He couldn’t read or write anything while all this time. His father was disappointed to see Roshan not learning anything at all. He had heard about the rural school of Dhana Fala village and therefore, he decided to bring his son to this school.
Just in a year, Roshan began to show improvements. Today he can read books and newspapers slowly. Hariram is so happy to see his son making progress. He visits the school regularly to check on his son’s performance. One of the days on his visit to the school, he observed that the instructors are very friendly to their students as compared to the government schools his son was attending in the past. Hariram was so impressed with the hard work of these instructors and appreciate their care with which they deal with their pupils.
Hariram is very proud of this school and has gained confidence of sending Roshan for higher studies, after graduating from Dhana Fala rural school.