Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela
This is not the belief followed by a big school in a big city with unlimited funds at their disposal. A humble principal in a small village on the India-Nepal border proves this quote true like no one else can. He retired as a school teacher long back, but still continues to teach students at the school free of cost.
Shaky benches, cracked blackboards and weak infrastructure, yet the children walk into the three-room Saraswati Mandir school with huge smiles on their faces and enthusiasm. The second teacher’s house is at 10000 feet above sea level and the school is at 9,900 feet. The students and the teachers need to walk 2 kms to reach the school everyday.
When you meet the principal, Chandrakumar Pradhan, you know where their enthusiasm comes from.
It was Chandrakumar Pradhan’s dream to be a teacher when he was in Class IV. But at that tender age, he had decided that he will not teach in an urban area. He wanted to teach in a remote area.
In the principal’s own words,” Problems, there are plenty of them. These kids don’t get proper meals, how can they think of education? As long as I live, I will continue to teach. I do not want money. I don’t charge anything, but I will see to it that every home gets education! This is my dream. ”
I wish the world had more people like him. I would like to do my bit to help him. The biggest hindrance faced by the school: lack of stationary for the kids, no proper blackboards.
To know how you can help, watch this man’s struggle to educate underprivileged children here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIjnSlWQQfg