Until September last year, little separated Government Primary School at Chananwala village in Fazilka from the others in Punjab. About 13 km from Fazilka city, and among the last schools near the India-Pakistan border, it too had leaking roofs and blocked bathrooms, students had started moving to private schools and there were few blackboards or lights in classrooms.
It now sports a new library and computer lab and furniture and air conditioners have been installed in most classrooms. Work has begun on an open gym and experts have been roped in to teach Vedic Maths, Calligraphy and Abacus. There are also coaches for Karate, Giddha, Bhangra and Gatka.
The Chananwala school is an English medium school now but older students have an option to pursue studies in Punjabi. In the new session, English will be the medium Class 1 onwards. And all new facilities come with no extra cost, thanks to Grewal’s enterprise.
Read more of this story of determination and how an individual can change things for better in a report by Raakhi Jagga published in The Indian Express...