Our videos on the Right to Education in India have uncovered a number of schools in the most abysmal of conditions. Often the very people running them are the root of the issue. Today's video is different. It is the story of a school that is running against all odds, and only because of the dedicated individuals who work there. Community Correspondent Navita reports from Sivana Village, Katihar District in Bihar.
The Sivana upper middle school has a total of 454 students who have to sit use the open grounds to study, eat, play and pee. Otherwise a well managed school with dedicated teachers and complete staff, the school lacks basic infrastructure. The land was allotted to make a primary school but the school was upgraded to a middle school. The resources like money and land to run this new school were never upgraded. It has 4 rooms which don't even begin to accommodate the students. The toilets are in a dilapidated condition and kitchen to cook mid day meals is no where to be found.
The administration and community have approached the Village Head and the council at various occasions for the land and money which was meant for the expansion. Getting no concrete response or resources from the authorities, the administration and community chose to go forth with the expansion. It's a miracle to see this school still functioning and so well. But, the children still deserve what's rightfully theirs - a proper environment for an all-round education.
Call to action - Please call Ashish Ranjan, District Education Officer on 06452245505 and ask him to make sure that this school gets all the facilities it needs.
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 organizations.
In this video of UPS Manwan Awoora school, Kupwara, Kashmir, the community correspondent Pir Azhar shows us that there are nine classes for 250 students, and due to lack of space, the lower primary classes are held outside in the open. Also the school has only 7 teachers.