A main faculty in Kardelwadi, a tiny village about 60 kilometres east of Pune, runs each single day of the yr and has not had a vacation in twenty years. Consultants from the Nationwide Council of Training Analysis and Coaching (NCERT) have come to the village twice this yr, residing there at a stretch, to grasp precisely the way it features for twelve months a yr.
The college is run by a pair, Dattatreya and Bebinanda Sakat, each Zilla Parishad academics. They had been each appointed to the college in 2001. The college has by no means shut its door to the scholars for a single day within the final 20 years. And the Sakat’s have by no means taken a trip since, avoiding weddings and funerals altogether to make sure the college has by no means had a break.
Their efforts have been recognised with a number of accolades: Zilla Parishad, district, state and central authorities awards, with Bebinanda additionally getting a Nationwide Trainer Award from the President.
“I used to be transferred right here after 11 years of service at one other faculty. What I got here to was an outdated one-storey constructing with 4 rooms. Truthfully, it was fairly lifeless. We began with small issues like gardening, portray figures on partitions, making toys with clays to enliven the college’s look and ambiance. We noticed that youngsters had been concerned about actions, so we determined to not prohibit them to textual studying. We allowed them to maneuver freely between lessons. Some college students got here in even on weekends to do some actions, so we began coming in too and that’s the way it began,” recalled Dattatreya.
Realising that coming to highschool on weekends retains college students engaged and productive, the Sakat couple began holding particular actions for college students at no cost. Amongst different issues, the scholars paint, sketch, watch movies or performs, make objects on the potter’s wheel, backyard, surf the Web, and study music.
Weekdays are additionally not common by any means.
“It isn’t simply formal studying. College students assist us clear lecture rooms, water vegetation. They personal the college as a lot as us. We train them the syllabus as per the Balbharati textbook. Although this can be a Marathi medium faculty, it isn’t simply restricted to that. We train them English and even decide ideas from CBSE, ICSE textbooks,” stated Bebinanda.
He added, “Studying right here is seamless and with out restrictions. Yearly, at the least half of our Class IV batch would crack the state scholarship examination, which is taken into account very robust. Lots of people are shocked how our college students know a lot, far past their age. That’s what the NCERT workforce wished to review as nicely.”
A number of villagers noticed the adjustments within the faculty and pitched in by donating outdated computer systems, LCD screens and even an air conditioner. The couple turned one of many rooms right into a laboratory, the place college students both play video games or now entry the Web for interactive lectures on quite a lot of topics chosen and curated by the academics.
After the NCERT workforce’s go to, a letter was despatched to Dinkar Temkar, a former director of main schooling in Maharashtra. It stated the workforce regarded into the roles and features of academics and others in planning and implementing the actions, the college’s instructing and studying course of, and the assist it would want.
Dattatreya will retire subsequent yr. Bebinanda will in 4 years. “However we’ll maintain coming to the college. We don’t know what else to do, that is our life now,” he stated.