This Project arose from something that the students had identified over the last 3 years as a part of their village surveys. The student body has been instrumental in ensuring that service is not only ?hand me down? but is actually identified by the partners in this journey ? on their need basis. To establish this, the students had designed a survey about health, hygiene and student enrolment in schools.
What emerged was that girls had a much higher ?drop out? rate as they moved from Middle to Senior School ? largely owing to lack of basic amenities for them to access toilets. This initiated a drive in and around the ridge to confirm and verify this fact and also ascertain the need.
''In the past 3 years, we have added toilets for girls in three neighbouring schools and are working at the current one ? which would be the fourth such school. This school is by far the largest in student enrolment as it has a catchment of 10 villages in the neighbourhood and a student population of 2000 girls in Senior/Senior Secondary category.
A well run school, it is well respected in the community, but has a dearth of toilets as there are only 3 toilets for 2000 persons, i.e. an average of 667 students/girls sharing 1 toilet. We intend to complete the task, with the help of our students, and some funding from Round Square, to add 6 more toilets in this school ? which will help ease the current ratios.
Additionally, we have also worked with a Boys Primary School which is also one of the older schools in Badshahpur and have given the school a total face-lift with our children even painting the walls with messages, multiplication tables and related educational material. But the most utilitarian part has been giving them an all season access road which was lacking until now,'' says Mr Sumit Dargan, Middle School Principal & Round Square coordinator, Pathways World School. Aravali.
The project was much appreciated by the Village Panchayat and the entire village community. The School staff and students were influenced and motivated and joined hands to work during the last phase of work. ?It is only in giving that we receive? With this firmly etched in minds in a schedule packed with activity that the students took an active interest in voluntary community service. Such Community service efforts, allow children to understand and appreciate the significance of their contributions to environment and lives of the underprivileged around them.
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