For the last five years,Ansinh Rathwa,a school teacher at Ghuntanwa village of Pavi Jetpur taluka in Vadodara district,has been donating a months salary for infrastructure development in the Ghuntanwad Government Primary School which has around 200 students.
There was a lack of funds and the procedure to get money sanctioned for the school is very long. There were several projects waiting to be undertaken. During one monsoon,the school was almost in a dilapidated state. Attendance started to fall as the school became inaccessible to students coming from the nearest village three kilometre away, said Ansinh Rathwa.
The situation was so bad that it took nearly 300-400 tractors of sand for the school levelling and proper drainage of rainwater, he added.
Instead of waiting for authorities to allocate funds for the school,Rathwa took matters into his own hand. He started contributing for the schools development out of his salary. The school now has drinking water facility,toilet and a playground for the students.
Though he keeps doing something or the other for the school,which he never boasts about,for last five years,Anishnbhai is now regularly giving his one month salary to the school, said the village sarpanch.
With a monthly salary of Rs 33,000,this year,Rathwa decided to make a concrete approach road to the school with pavement blocks on both sides. He also wants the school to be connected to the sewerage lines.
With a total literacy rate of 48 per cent and 32 per cent female literacy,Pavi Jetpur is one of the most backward talukas in the state. It has 275 government primary schools,of which 98 are till Class VIII,22 till Class X and only seven till XII. Most of these schools are graded D or even lower.
With efforts from teachers and the community,this year Ghuntanwad primary school subsequently moved up to B grade.
With the development,it has set an example for other schools as well. A few villagers have even expressed to volunteer for donations for the developing facilities at the school, said cluster resource centre (CRC) co-ordinator Yogendra Patel.