From a dream to a mission
There are thousands of stories around the world which are restoring the faith in humanity. One such story is of a visionary from the Northeast part of India, which indeed would set an example of change.
In India where elementary education and its urbanization has transformed over the decade with new aids of technology, sophisticated equipment, modern methods of teaching and the like. But a pivotal fact in this regard is that while the modern version of India is exercising the privileges to march towards a better future another version of rural India is still sketching hopes of survival.
Umsawwar – a small village located in East Khasi hills of Meghalaya situated in Northeast India is saturated with an agriculture based shepherd community whose principle livelihood is making can and bamboo sticks and animal rearing. The little children of this community helped their parents in the daily chores of rearing, farming etc. The concept of a model school was a distant dream to them. Many of them were not aware of what a school exactly looks like. However they are very energetic and active in games and sports and enjoyed the little joys of life. Realizing their potential and will, Mr. Prince Thangkhiew, a local resident of the same area took the efforts to provide basic education to the small children of these shepherd communities in Ummsawar, and who were dropped out of their schools due to their economic compulsions. So their began his journey to create a revolution. But as it goes the phrase all good things comes to an end, but in Prince’s case, it was not an end but a small hiccup to say.
Initially the parents used to send their kids to Sarva Siksha Abhiyan School which was under an Indian Government programme aimed at the universalization of elementary education. Children attended the school for the whole day and this distorted their daily routine of working in the field and rearing. Timely feeding of their cows and sheep is far more important than their children’s education because according to them that would ideally help them to survive. So there parents were reluctant to send their wards to school. As a result of which there was a gradual decline in their attendance which resulted in massive drop outs of these children.
Prince pondered upon the situation to formulate a concept as to fragment an ideal school where they would head to school as early as 6 a.m. in the morning to be back to their work at around 10 a.m. This is turn would also help to sow the seeds of education to the budding children who were missing out their primary education. And there as a humble effort to restart the journey of education of the little ones Prince started The Lynti Khasi School – a school to provide education to all and bring the beginners, non-going children and school dropout back to school. It also aims to provide alternative creative learning opportunities for the children of this remote village to facilitate their growth as responsible and creative young citizens. Saluting the spirit of this visionary Foundation for Social Transformation started working together with Prince to bring a change in the school
Even though the school is marching to be at per with the other counterparts with teaching aids, amenities, sanitation facilities etc. due to the unavailability of modern methods of teaching the school is yet to grow on a large scale. A single teacher is managing with untiring efforts to impact value education to the needy ones. The infrastructure of the school is mostly in dilapidated condition with no blackboard, proper sitting arrangements, electricity which restricts the overall learning of these small children.
As Foundation for Social Transformation is making efforts to combat these loopholes by providing the basic amenities of quality based education for the budding children with appropriate sanitation facilities and teaching aids with a mission to uplift the future youths of the community in order to foster development in the long run to further impact social change in the communities, particularly in areas of gender justice, health and hygiene; they need more of our support to grow on a large scale.Apart from that Prince has introduced the Khasi concept of Darbar among the village children called the “Children’s Darbar” providing these children a common platform with positive vibes to learn, to grow, to celebrate and to share.
But the journey never ends here, reaching a goal leads to another challenge. Transcription of these challenges would need co-operation to give a new impetus to idealism. So come let’s join hands in our initiative to lay the foundation of young global minds.