Rajaram makes 4 separate trips to collect the children every morning
One of the biggest issue’s facing children in developing countries is access to education, sometimes it can be financial but location of the villages to the school is another obstacle to be faced. Many children have to walk many kilometers to and from school and because of this, drop-outs are common. Enter Rajaram, a physical education, maths and science teacher from Baarali Government Higher Primary School in the Udapi district of Karnataka in India.
Rajaram noticed last year that many of the local children had stopped attending his classes. “There are no roads from the houses of the children to the school. There is a mud path through the forest and most of the girl students began dropping out as their families were scared of allowing their children to walk for a total of 6 km to and from school,” Rajaram says. “The children were dropping out quickly and with the head count in our school falling drastically, we were at the threat of shutting down too. One evening, I had finished counting how many children had dropped out and I was upset. Every week at least five to six students were not turning up.
So what’s next for Rajaram? “I am thinking of constructing a fence around the school and also a track so children can practice sports. The problem is I don’t have enough money. I have reached out to the alumni of the school and asked if they will help. So far, there is a money shortage but I am sure we will surpass that hurdle as well.”
Good luck Rajaram and we admire your commitment to helping the students of your school. Making sure that children are educated, especially girls, is an important task that, as a community, we must focus on.