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Far from the Limelight, Hundreds of Unsung Youth Toil for the Future of Children in Remote Villages of India

Riding over bumpy roads, watching the ubiquitous camel carts, the journey gives a quick peek into life in rural Rajasthan. The traditional havelis (mansions) with their majestic façade that we spot on the stretch are reminiscent of the splendid Rajput era architecture.

Children studying at government schools in Jhunjhunu have benefited from a Piramal Foundation initiative involving hundreds of youth (Photos: Special Arrangement)

But something more exciting is in store for us at Gowala, where a government school has transformed into a model school in the region by implementing new ideas and programmes.

Headmaster Rajesh Somara receives us at the school and excitedly starts talking about the progress his school is making in various spheres. He takes us to the classrooms and proudly shares that a child scored centum in Mathematics and secured 92.67 per cent marks in the Class 10 board exam this year.

“It is the first time a student scored above 90 per cent in Class 10 exam in the history of the school,” says 39-year-old Rajesh. “We give special coaching to the children before the exams and we also have a good library to improve their reading skills.”

At the library, little children rise to their feet and greet us ‘Good Morning Sir’ and go back to reading the books, mostly illustrated children’s literature. I ask Rajesh about his job as we step out of the library and he quips, “Teaching is a noble profession.”

He plans to do much more for the school with the help of youngsters like Patitapaban Choudhury, 22, a BBA graduate from Odisha, who is currently working among government schools in Jhunjhunu district to find ways of improving the education system.