Launching a rural school-II

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jul 2017 10:26:51

O NE of the most touching experiences inrural areas is visiting the schools. In most, facilities are only minimal, and the infrastructure is now here near those available in urban schools. Yet, one does come across at least some schools in which the quality of education imparted is of a high order. The managements of such schools are committed to the cause of education and the teachers work with a missionary zeal.The outcome is obvious -- they transmit to the parents the right values which the families must preserve so that the little ones get the right kind of instruction. What makes all the difference is the sense of resolve writ large on everybody’s face that education is most critical to growth and it must be takenseriously. Of course, in u r ban schools , too, such an atmosphere does prevail.

Yet, when one comes across such a texture of atmosphere inruralschools,onefeelsespecially elated. The rural school launched a few days ago (about which ‘Loud Thinking’ made a mention last week) promised such an atmosphere, thanks to the right kind of resolve of the management, teachers as well as parents. Among the parents present on the day of launching were some properly educated persons whose understanding of the process of launching a school was quite mature.Not onlydidtheysend their kids to the new schools but also actedas ambassadors of goodwill to motivate other families to send their kids as well to the new school.

That was the reason a certain assurance couldbesensed and smelt in the atmosphere onthatday.The Director of the new school was clear in her opening statement: ‘We will expect you not to disturb the process of teaching-learning in the school at any cost. We will not entertain you in the school if you want to barge in just like that. For, even though this is only a beginning, we would love to be straight-forward right from start. And, we would request you to encourage your kids to use as much English as possible in their routine conversations. Try to understand the language.

If you do that, you will help your children in a big way to learn better.’ What was heartening was the agreement on the parents’ faces. Right as the inaugural meeting ended, many parents startedmaking a sincere effort to speak in English, howsoever halting it might have been. TheissueisnotaboutEnglish per se. The issue is the resolve, the willto go extra distance,to stretch and bend but make effort. On that day, thatresolve was absolutely evident on almost all faces.

There could be nothing more poetic than that emotion writ large on the faces of so many people who lived essentially in an atmosphere of general deprivation. What also made things very charming was the assurance all felt as the Director outlined the school’s growth-plan. Wordlessly, their eyes communicated their recognition of the good intentions of the management.

If this isnotpoetry in action, then what is it! The people in urban areas may never understand what happens in such places, for they have never been exposed to the terrific resolution so clearly evident on so many faces--abouteducation,about learning, about the hope education brings to life and also the promise of intelligent effort to live well. Fortunately, one had the good for tune to have witnessed a wonderful poetry being etched on pages of future history