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This 99 year Old School May Have Less Than a 100 Students, but Has a Rich and Long Legacy

The school, set up in 1918, was initially called the Government’s Daughters’ School admitting only girls. However, 98 years after, it has become a co-educational institution.

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Honoring the day and all that it signifies, here is a heartwarming story of a little school with a not so little history!

This government primary school in Loharsi, a small village in Dhamtari, Chhattisgarh is 99 years old.

The school was set up in 1918, and named ‘सरकारी पुत्री शाला’, which translates to the Government’s Daughters’ School. Cut to 97 years after – the tiny school opened its arms to boys too! Today, it has more than 80 energetic students.

Even though academics is given the top priority, the children are also taught the value and importance of Chhattisgarh’s culture.

What is also remarkable is it has maintained registers with the records of all of its students and teachers right from its first batch! One day, an old termite infested register was found with all the names of its students written in beautiful calligraphy.

The staff have worked hard to conserve the old registers and documents, both rich and helpful sources of studying the school’s history.

The records also give people a glimpse into the education when the school first started. For example, literature studies included conversation, story, drama, prose, expression, vocabulary, poetry etc.

The school also organises ‘Matri Sammelan’ where mothers are invited and motivated towards the holistic development of students through various activities.


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The School’s history, enthusiasm of the students, and the devotion of teachers is exemplary. Many students of Loharsi and nearby villages, from different social backgrounds, are a part of this institution. The small school is of historical importance not only to Chhattisgarh, but also India. It represents the hope of a better state and country.

Watch a video shot to celebrate this Loharsi school’s 99 year mark!

 

By Sudhindra Rao

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