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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Typical house in Karadi

This house belongs to Bhartimasi, our aunt. She is not married and lives here alone. Along time ago, our Bha (grandmother) grew up in this house but she now lives in Coventry.

kitchen

kitchen

the wet area is in the corner of the kitchen

Water is kept in the corner of the kitchen but there isn't a sink.

The bathroom

The bathroom

The toilet - squatters only!

The toilet - squatters only!

Many villagers cook over an open fire like this one

Many villagers cook over an open fire like this one

Clothes washing is done outside

Clothes washing is done outside

Bhartimasi's backyard

Bhartimasi's backyard

The local temple in Karadi

The local temple in Karadi

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