Gurgaon and Noida volunteers give Rajasthan govt school a makeover
Ten residents of Gurgaon and Noida gave their weekend plans a twist as they decided to give a facelift to a Rajasthan government school.gurgaon Updated: Sep 26, 2016 17:34 IST
Ten residents of Gurgaon and Noida gave their weekend plans a twist as they decided to give a facelift to a Rajasthan government school.
The group that includes people working with leading corporate firms and their kids, set out on the 135km drive on Friday after work and reached Kotputli village. The school here is 10 years old and had never been painted. Their aim was to give this school a new look over the next two days. By the time they started their journey back home on Sunday, the school had transformed from a flaky old yellow building to a vibrant fresh red.
“We wanted our children to see how kids study in rural areas as compared to the private schools in the cities. By contributing in painting the school, they not only felt good about but also imbibed dignity of work,” said Archana Jain, a resident of Vatika City, Sohna Road.
Archana’s 9-year-old son Saar, who was also a part of the group, said the experience gave him a sense of achievement. “I wish to see the reaction of school kids on Monday. Hope they like the new look of their school. I wish to help the schoolchildren in future also. When we started I didn’t think we could do it. It was great to complete it and see freshly painted school walls,” Saar said.
Gurmant Singh, a senior executive with Vserve Solutions, is another member of the group. He said the members had met and bonded earlier while contributing to various social causes. “It was a great challenge. Not only were we able to provide better walls to school kids but we also realized our ability is more than what we think.”
The group members feel that this makeover will augment the learning and teaching outcome at the school. Uthaan NGO, which had mooted the idea of giving the school a makeover, also said that with this successful exercise more schools in the region could get assistance on one hand and more volunteers could be roped in on the other.
“We have put in money from our own pocket and contributed for the cause. We do so when needed in any field but our experience with the school we painted was overwhelming. The teachers and principal were so happy to hear they will have the new look during the weekend and this will be surprised to the students,” said Sanjay Kaushik, president of Uthaan, who had accompanied the group of volunteers to Kotputli.
Despite various state governments and Centre providing basic amenities, the schools lack a motivating and learning-oriented environment. With crumbling infrastructure and shoe-string budgets, such schools often register high drop-out rate and poor learning.
The Kotputli school has eight classrooms and is built over 5,000 square feet area. The group now plans to paint maths tables on the school pillars to aid learning in students of the primary school.
“We would like to encourage other privileged people of society to join hands for such initiatives,” Kaushik said.