Karadi High School

Last week we all went to visit this impressive English medium high school in the nearby village of Karadi. It has a very modern and large campus due mainly to donations from locals who now live all across the world. The school has an impressive website (I will post the web address later) which details the history of the school among other things. It was founded soon after Gandhi’s famous Salt March passed through this village. It was pro-independent India at the time and believed in Indians providing an education for themselves. I suppose there is a certain irony now that the school is English medium and has become dependent on donations from Indians living in the West.

As with the village school, Sunesh, Sanjeev and Anya could not believe how well behaved the children were – they didn’t even talk while they waited for their teacher to finish talking to us! Lateness and detention don’t seem to exist – teachers just stare back blankly¬† ‘why would any child be late? They know school starts at 10am and they are here until 5pm.’ Oh yes and they go to school on Saturday as well!

Here are some pictures from our visit.

Primary school section

Primary school section

Outdoor washing facilities

Outdoor washing facilities

Just another well-behaved kid...

Just another well-behaved kid...

State-of-the-art carpeted IT suite

State-of-the-art carpeted IT suite

School books look just as unexciting everywhere in the world!

School books look just as unexciting everywhere in the world!

Almost everyone comes to school on a bicycle or moped

Almost everyone comes to school on a bicycle or moped

Every office, staffroom, shop, home has a shrine somewhere in the corner.

Every office, staffroom, shop, home has a shrine somewhere in the corner.

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Village kids

Most days these children are in school and we only see them after 5 o’clock or at weekends. Usually they run around barefoot (some of them go to school barefoot) and they run in and out of everyone’s house. When they come to us it is usually for sweets or to look at our gadgets. Some of them are learning English in school and one of them is good at maths. Anya tries to get him to do her homework.

Aaah, bless!

Aaah, bless!

Many toddlers have heavy amounts of kohl put around there eyes

Many toddlers have heavy amounts of kohl put around their eyes

Alot of people live in small houses down lanes in between every village. These people tend to be poorer and work as labourers in fields or own small plots of land. Their children are full of life but have nothing much to wear or play with.

Everyone wants their picture taken!

Everyone wants their picture taken!

These children look pretty desperate to us but there are many others much worse off. The migrant workers who come to the area to cut sugar cane and other crops live in the fields where they work. They bring their families with them and sleep out in the open. Everything they own is wrapped in bundles and carried with them. Hopefully we will have time to visit them as we have brought a 2 suitcases full of clothes to give away.

collecting water from the local well

collecting water from the local well

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Village School

On Wednesday 26th Nov. we all visited the local primary school to meet the pupils and have a look around. That didn’t take long because there are only two classrooms, one teacher and nine pupils. The children were aged 5-9 and they all come from Moti Pethan. School starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm. The children have a 20 minute break in the morning and the same in the afternoon with half an hour for lunch. The school meal comes from the secondary school nearby and is paid for by the government. The school uniforms are paid for by our dada! (grandfather)

The children are very disciplined and they will do anything the teacher asks them. As you can see from the pictures there are no desks and the children sit in rows on the floor. None of the pupils’ work is put on display, it gets locked away in cupboards! Instead the wall displays look really old-fashioned and worn.

While we were there they performed a funny little song and dance which I’ll show you when I get back. see ya, Sanjeev x

Whole school line-up

Whole school line-up

Now children, are you sitting comfortably?

Now children, are you sitting comfortably?

The other classroom

The other classroom

The classroom wall display

The classroom wall display

Everyone does their A, B, C's

Everyone does their A, B, C's

Performing a song for the visitors

Performing a song for the visitors

Snack time

Snack time

Outside the school entrance

Outside the school entrance

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