Assam Valley School students are paving roads that often get damaged during the monsoons, to help those in rural areas access a weekly market.
Students in Assam are laying down foundation for a better future by physically volunteering to build roadways in the state.
Recently, students from Assam Valley School, in Balipara at Sonitpur district, not only donated money but also helped build a road at a crucial junction. The focus was on a 90m road that leads to Khelmati market. This road tends to become inaccessible during the monsoons. Monsoons tend to last for upto six month in the state.
In total, they also collected and donated Rs 3.5 lakh towards this social initiative.
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The school has a body dedicated towards getting students more involved in social endeavours, called the Social Service League. While it was done through the school, the initiative was started upon the insistence of four 16-year-old students.
The principal of the high-end institute noted that this was but the beginning for the students. Sonya Gandhy Mehta told the Hindustan Times, “Our school believes in preparing children for life, where skill development is more important than knowledge acquisition and teaching the child is more important than teaching the subject.”
So far, the students have helped pave 42m of the 90m road and will be spending a considerable amount of time and effort to complete this project. And once it is completed, they intend on targeting all the roads that lead to the market. This effort will help those living in the rural regions access the market even during the monsoon season. The weekly market plays a crucial role for farmers and locals who depend on it for running their daily lives.
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And it isn’t just roads they are helping build; the students are also working towards building toilets for girls from underprivileged families. These children surely are teaching a valuable lesson in civic duty to the rest of the world.
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