Kavi Dayaram Prathmik Shala located in Vadodara has got a new lease of life, thanks to the generosity of IPS officer G S Malik. This school sees hundreds of students each day and the infrastructure, unfortunately, couldn’t keep up with their needs.
In 2010, G S Malik was the Joint Police Commissioner of Vadodara city when he was invited to take part in the ‘Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshotsav’, a drive initiated by the Gujarat government. He was moved by the plight of students studying at the primary school and decided to do whatever he could to help them.
The school has more than 300 students from classes one to seven, and until recently, they were all made to sit and study in one single hall in two shifts.
Imagine being crammed into a hall with so many others and attempting learning.
Malik made a representation to the state government addressing these concerns to then-Principal Secretary Hasmukh Adhia. Post that, the school now has a three-storied building with multiple classrooms for its students.
Speaking to The Times of India, Malik said, “When I had visited the school, it was running from over a 50-year-old dilapidated building running from a rented accommodation.”
“There was just one oval-shaped 30×25 foot hall, covering 650 square foot area, in which kids enrolled in class 4, class 5, class 6 and class 7 used to sit in four different corners of the same hall. Forget, classrooms, even washrooms were not in proper condition.”
It is heartening to note that the same teachers who managed to teach in the cramped halls are now able to do so in spacious classrooms without the worry of rainwater seeping in or having to navigate through groups of children huddled together. The new building, which was constructed in 2014, has a total of 13 classrooms and separate washrooms for boys and girls.
While these are facilities that we take for granted, it is amazing how much happiness these have brought the students and the teachers of the school.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)