Having visited numerous schools in Mewat, we have come to a conclusion that every school is different. In terms of the atmosphere, bond and interaction each school portrays, we were able to observe how the facilitation of a school can bring out the overall impact on every student. Every trip to Mewat exposes us to something new and interesting about the various school environments.
This week, we visited Khorbasai, a school that we would consider one of the most successful schools yet.
Nothing could prepare us for a school like Khorbasai. As soon as we arrived, the passionate headmasters, teachers and students welcomed us with huge smiles on their faces. The warmth that we felt was definitely no less than what we felt at Udaan, but this time, we felt almost like a part of their family. Everyone is proud of this school and has a sense of belonging to this large family. Through the way they interact, we could see that they respect one another, work together as one and hold every member close to their heart. The closeness they displayed is exactly that of a family relationship and we found it surprising as well as admirable because we did not expect to see a school that is this united.
From our small talks with the headmasters and teachers who tried really hard to communicate with us despite the language barrier, we could see the zeal and enthusiasm in their eyes. They view every student as their own child and try their best to impart all the knowledge to the students during lessons. We could sense the hopes that the teachers have on every student, wanting them to do well in life and work hard towards their ambitions. Most importantly, there is no biasness towards any children. Every child was taken care of meticulously.
Comparing the photo of Khorbasai School a year ago and now, we have seen a tremendous change in the school development. With the walls painted and trees planted, the school has become a more conducive place for students and the environment has become more appealing and lively to any person who passes by. This school may not as big as other schools around the village but the compact layout provides a cosy feeling which further enhances the vibes of a home. We were told that the students always stay back after school to hang around, play at the playground, talk to their peers, read books and do many other things. They probably do not want to go home to do household chores or help out in the field, but the fact that they want to stay in school and chose not to roam around the streets shows their attachment to the place.
We believe that this attachment is important, as students themselves need to have the passion to study before any education system can work. Frequent absence and the lack of interest to pick up new knowledge will render any learning styles ineffective. In Khorbasai, we can see that the students are open to absorb new knowledge and willing to learn in any situation. We believe that this criterion, combined with the presence of proactive teachers and a pleasant environment, is what makes the school so successful.
For a school to create such attachment in their students, we believe that the huge amount of effort put in by everyone is unimaginable. Even up till now, they are still constantly making future plans to expand the school compound and teach higher grades. We hope that this harmony and commitment can be sustained and become visible in other schools as well.
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The 12th edition of Mewat Mondays is brought to you by our interns, Joan, Lyndon and Galvin, who believe that a school should be something more than a place solely for education. As part of their field research, they will be spending time in the 19 villages, and will gladly share pictures and anecdotes from these experiences. They can be reached at Joan.email@example.com, Lyndon.Lingbaoan@srf-limited.com and Galvin.Tay@srf-limited.com respectively.