This story is from Sadpur village of Batiyagarh block in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh. The government middle school in Sadpur village lacks four things: 1: A separate toilet for boys and girls. 2: A boundary wall. 3: A playground. 4:A library While filming, VV-PACS Correspondent Artibai Valmik spoke to students and teachers at the school. This is what they had to say. “The problem here is that we have only one toilet which is used by the girls while the boys have to go out in the open. We don’t have a library either nor a playground.” – Arthi, Student “There is no boundary wall for the compound. Garbage from the vicinity collects here.”- Rani, Student “Sometimes men urinate and even defecate in the open here, and if any cow dies, they throw the remains here to decay.”- Arthi, Student “The open ground surrounding the school creates problems for the students as well as teachers.” – Balchad, Teacher “We want that the boundary wall should be constructed and we get a proper playground to play.” – Rani, Student “We want that there should be another toilet in our school, and all other necessary facilities should be provided to us.”- Boy Students You wouldn’t want your children to study here and these students shouldn’t have to either. In order to get these children their right to education, please help Community Correspondent Artibai Valmiki by calling or texting- 1: Mr. Nema District Education Officer, Damoh district, Madhya Pradesh at +91-9993553406 2: Mr. Shamacharan Khera Block Resource Center Coordinator Batiyagarh Block, Damoh district, Madhya Pradesh at +91-9926313602 3: Mr. Ramgulam Ahirwar Chief Officer Batiyagarh block, Damoh district, Madhya Pradesh at +91-5179816526 -And pressurize them to look into the matter and ensure that the problems be resolved as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can share this story and ask your friends to do it. About the Partnership: The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme and Video Volunteers have come together to create the Community Correspondents Network. The videos generated by the network will be able to highlight voices from the margins, providing skills to social communicators to provide advocacy tools to community based organisations.
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