The junior section of the Government Higher Secondary School, Panbazar, Guwahati, after its renovation, looks “bright and clean. I like coming to school more now,” says Neerab, a Class 5 student. Under Rotary’s TEACH initiative, RC Guwahati Luit, RID 3240, through its trust, transformed the school “into a better place where children feel welcome to learn,” says club president Rajiv Jain.
A team headed by club member Amit Ajitsaria assessed the school’s needs. “We had to work on two dilapidated classrooms, two toilet blocks with no running water, and the terrace needed a parapet wall. To top it all, the school had no safe hygienic drinking water,” said Mona Shah, the club’s Literacy chair.
Within three months the club completed the project at ₹3.75 lakh. The classroom furniture was replaced and a water purifier and outdoor play equipment were installed. “Most importantly we made it a secure, attractive and happy learning place for students and teachers,” says Mona. DG Kushanava Pabi inaugurated the Happy School in the presence of PDG Arijit Endow and club members. A training workshop for teachers was also organised and the club plans to charter an Interact club in the school.
Earlier, the club had renovated a toilet block with five toilets at the school as part of its WinS project.