Government school of Vaikuntapura was started in 1934 with no infrastructure and in a small room of a house. It is one of the oldest surviving government schools in the country. Later on, in 1954, the government built a school building with a single room and a single teacher. The school kept on improving later with few rooms added and strength of students increased up to 150 persons.
Right this moment, with the great influence of private institutions and without sufficient funds to improve the strength, the number of students in the school jumped down to as less as 15. The Higher primary school was on the verge of getting degraded to primary and further shut down later.
Shankarananda Y C, an alumnus of the school of Vaikuntapura. After his schooling, he completed his bachelors and got a private job in Bangalore. In the next two years, he settled down in Singapore with a high-position employment. Somewhere after 10 to 15 years, when he visited his village, he visited his old school. The school had a minimum strength and without any motive was on the verge of shutting down.
- The school did not have a play school and LKG, UKG. This would further attract the kids to continue in the same school.
- The infrastructure was really bad. The school had to modernize with computers and other education.
- The curriculum was outdated and did not follow the government’s guidelines. The private schools strictly adhered to the standards.
- If the school closes down, the children from the poor and weaker sections were bound to stop studying.
- There was a need for good teachers to join in and work for the success of the school
- In order to get things right, large funds would be required.
With all these aspects in mind, Shankarananda started with the little money he had. He had to get good teachers and eminent speakers to the school. He got further help from few of the alumni and other people who joined their hands in conducting classes. He also got a computer for the school and started teaching the students. Further volunteer bodies like “Snehahasta group” donated a few books to the children based on their need and are trying hard to raise funds.
He started classes on culture and computers in addition to the government prescribed subjects.
Yearly estimated cost excluding salary
The overall cost is expected to increase further to have a sustainable living for the school with a permanent salary for teachers and staff. Though he called out for help from the multiple levels of the government, they have not responded favorably. The overall cost is expected to be as below:
The overall estimate for the school to run
In this struggle for survival, it would be of great help to raise certain funds for this man to sustain his beloved school of Vaikuntapura.