Education is of paramount importance, however many people in the world have no proper education facilities. Village Teharki in Meerut District of Uttar Pradesh has an Upper Primary school where 138 children study in grades six to eight.
The school was in a state of disrepair; the wooden windows and doors were weak and becoming loose, the classroom walls were broken, and the compound was strewn with filth. The anganwadi and health center inside the school were in deplorable condition.
In a CSR-supported partnership project, S M Sehgal Foundation took up the initiative of repairing and beautifying the school and repairing the anganwadi and hospital. Initially the project team conducted a survey of these structures and assessed the requirements. Subsequently, discussion was held with the school’s headmaster, the sarpanch, and community members, from whom permission was sought to begin work.
The school work included installation of new strong metallic doors and windows, new flooring in classrooms and verandah, construction of brick benches, fixing new doors in toilets, leveling the school compound, whitewashing and wall painting, among other improvements. Now the school looks attractive and has become a place of pride in the village. The enthused community and school committee have taken charge to keep the premises clean, and the children are studying better.
Similarly, the anganwadi and health sub center inside the school were repaired.
Authors: Amit Dubey and Ellora Mubashir
(Amit is project associate and Ellora is communications specialist, Partnerships, S M Sehgal Foundation)