Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, "When did we give you something to eat or drink? When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear or visit you while you were sick or in jail?"
The King will answer, "Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me." .......Matthew 25

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Build-a School Project : The School

The typical 2 class-room school is a brick building as shown above. The colour and design is identical to the usual government school. The design is very basic and there is just the 2 rooms with a corridoor outside. There are vented wooden windows on both side walls of the classrooms. The tentage you see in the picture above is atemporary structure installed for the commissioning ceremony.

The facade of the building has a signage (sometimes quaintly misspelt) of the donors name.

Fronting the school is a flagpole with the national flag. The students are taught to participate in a flag raising ceremony every morning. They enacted one such ceremony for our benefit, and we were suitably impressed with their discipline and good behaviour during the ceremony.

The inside of the classrooms are not as brightly lit as the pictures suggest (wonders of flash photography!) Becasue there is no power in the village, the classrooms are dependent only on ambient light through the windows. Often the students make do in semi darkness. The classroom desks and benches are roughly made wooden structures. The blackboard is a painted cement structure, and chalk is used. The picture here shows a more modern blackboard, but this is not the standard issue. Each classroom can accomodate a maximum of about 50 students.

The school is only the first difficult step to make. After that the students still study under considerable handicap. They have no money for school uniforms, and they have no books or any kind of educational materials. There is often only one set of teaching materials that the teachers use and the students have no text books or reading materials of their own.
We donated some school cheap school bags during the previous visit to this school, so here the kids are showing off what they have. They also have no materials for educational play etc. We will be rying to raise money to support the student through each year.

Set a little behind the school is a cluster of 2-3 toilets. And a bore-well is situated conveniently in front of the school.

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