Dilapidated school roof threatens safety of 100 students

The roof of the government school in Patti Block of Pratapgarh district leaks incessantly and is in the danger of falling down. VV-PACS Community Correspondent Chanda Bharti reports how this has endangered more than 100 students who study there.

Government primary education centres go a long way in ensuring that no child is left behind in achieving the goal of universal education. To achieve this aim, a school should be a safe haven for children to learn and develop. Not so for the students of the primary school of Prasad village in Uttar Pradesh, whose school building looks on the verge of collapse. The problem worsens exponentially during the rains when the crumbling roof springs leaks. Given that the school accommodates a hundred students one would think that maintenance of the building would be top priority for local authorities, but the schoolmaster has little to show for even after requesting the Block Education Officer for assistance.

The school's problems are compounded because a member of the 'upper' caste of the village demands that the school should no longer function on existing premises. He has made an unsubstantiated proprietary claim on the land.

CALL TO ACTION: You can make a difference by calling the Basic Education Officer of Patti Block in Pratapgarh district, on +91-9453004067, and urging him to take immediate action to repair the old school building and also to stave off the false claims on the land so that the school may continue to endeavour to help these children.

The futures of 100 children, and countless more to come, depend on you.

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.

Written by Neil Balthazar

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