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Hyderabad, 19 September: Taking over as the headmaster of Mandal Parishad Upper Primary School (MPUPS) in Bandargudem village in 2018, Bekkanti Srinivas was very optimistic about the school’s future, but few shared his enthusiasm or vision. Like any other government school across the country, it had its fair share of problems and even a step towards improvement seemed impossible. However, the headmaster Srinivas did not lose hope and four years later, the school, located in Dammagudem mandal of Bhadradri Kothagudem district, is a shining testament to his tireless efforts and dedication to ensure the best possible education for all 64 tribal students. Currently studying there.
The facilities available in the school can put many private schools in the vicinity to shame. With the help of donations from his charitable trust and private organisations, Bekkanti was able to install borewells in the school, build campus walls and set up an RO water treatment plant. The range of facilities and infrastructure made the school eligible for the ‘Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar’ instituted by the Ministry of Education. It has already won state level awards after competing with 33,000 other schools across Telangana with perfect 100 percentile scores. All eyes are now on the national level award to be announced on October 15.
Phase One: When I took over as headmaster in 2018, half the school was on the verge of collapse, Srinivas told TNIE. At that time, the school was sick due to lack of drinking water facilities, proper toilets and campus walls, he mentioned that most of the students went fishing instead of coming to the school. To address this, he held a meeting with the parents of the students, school staff and local public representatives and unveiled his action plan for the revival of the remotely located institution. With all their support, they approached the sponsors and received positive feedback.
In addition to Rs 2 lakh from his Bekkanti Charitable Trust, which he used to erect a fence around the school, install a borewell and provide notebooks to students, Srinivas approached ITC Mission Sunehra Kal (MSK), who came forward to build a compound wall. , 42 taps for entrance and hand washing, while Hyderabad-based Akela Foundation gifted an RO system and Abhiyaan Foundation donated shoes for all the students.
K Krishna, Project Officer, ITC MSK says that he visited the school on the request of the headmaster and felt compelled to donate something for the development of the school seeing the optimistic and bright faces of the students. At this time, the government, aware of the school’s growing popularity, decided to build toilets and kitchen sheds under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Additionally, the school staff bought 100 saplings and planted them over the school, which have now blossomed into the greenery providing shade.
Source of Pride “With the help of the government, private organizations and residents, we were able to overcome all the ‘obstacles that seemed impossible’ and the school is now running with full attendance,” shares Garvit Srinivas. Sarpanch Katiboina Chinna Venkateswarlu says that the entire area has seen the change in the school. “It will help the students to avail the best career opportunities as they have the experience of the best facilities,” he says. School Management President (SMC) Junja Nageswara Rao praised the Headmaster Srinivas and the school staff.
“We never thought that our children would tie in uniform and wear proper shoes and speak in English easily. This has been possible only because of the efforts of Bekkanti Srinivas and the school staff,” he added. National Award? After defeating 33,000 schools in the state, the school management is eyeing the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar, which will be announced on October 15.
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