The Government High School in Barkheda Bonder on the outskirts of Bhopal sports a fresh look after the Rotarians of RC Bhopal Hills, RID 3040, transformed it into a Happy School as part of their Rotary India Literacy Mission programme.
The Club President Col J C Sharma received a request from the school principal to sponsor the school’s refurbishment. “When I visited the school, along with other members, I found it inadequate. About 300 children study here. We decided to revamp it as early as possible,” said Sharma.
The club provided electricity and water connection, installed ceiling fans and LED lights in classrooms, built a handwash station and separate toilet blocks for girls and boys. The floors and walls were fitted with new tiles and the entire school was freshly painted. The classrooms were fitted with windows to facilitate ventilation and an iron gate was put in place at the entrance to provide better security. A sanitary pad dispenser was also installed to help the older girls.
The Happy School was inaugurated within 20 days by DG Dhiran Datta in the presence of DGN M K Mishra and the Sarpanch of Barkheda Bonder Prem Bai Meena. “The parents and the children who had come for the inauguration were excited to see the makeover and the teachers said that they experienced a renewed zeal to teach in this new environment,” said Sharma.