Save Schools Project - Give a chance to girl students who want to study and achieve their dreams in Malkajgiri Constituency.

Educationists see a direct link between high dropout rates and absence of toilets in schools. It may sounds incredible, but that’s the bitter truth of a ‘happening’ city which takes pride in hosting global conferences. Data shows “Nearly 65 per cent of girls’ schools have no toilets” in Hyderabad. If you have tears, prepare to shed them now. Yes, the state of government schools in the city warrants an emotional outburst. If they remain unattractive and appalling, it is more for want of basic amenities than any pedagogic lapse.

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Background
All schools want their students to succeed. But the quality of school infrastructure is very important for student’s achievement. Good quality facilities provide teachers and students with supportive learning environments that could make a real difference to learning and teaching. But In India still many government schools are in pathetic condition, lack of basic infrastructure particularly adequate toilets, sanitation facilities, clean drinking water, hygienic kitchens, and many buildings, other facilities are inadequate, classrooms are overcrowded, sites are poorly planned and there is little maintenance. This situation is not conducive to good teaching and learning.

Vamsi Machiraju, NRI software professional returned to India in February 2013, after living in US for 5+ years, and worked for high-profile fortune 200 companies, lived in Denver, CO. Quit his job, moved back to India- Hyderabad, with the intention, to support and work for an organization which could re-build India Progressively. Vamsi identified and decided to work for Loksatta party. Currently he is spending significant amount of time on the ground and in the state party office, helping on several Initiatives with state leadership, he is also working with Dilip Sankarreddy Reddy on several special projects. Save schools is one of them. He visited few schools in Malkajgiri Constituency and details are overwhelming. Vamsi also worked in 2012 Obama Campaign.

Vamsi visited the following Schools and gathered lot of information about the current conditions of two schools

1). Prashant nagar boys/girls primary school


This school condition is in really bad shape, total students strength is nearly 1050, in that girls are above 600 and boys are above 400. This lacks basic facilities, particularly not functioning or unusable toilets, no kitchen or no gas stove to prepare food for the mid-day meal program, and grossly insufficient class rooms which are not able to keep up the student strength. Please look at below section for more details


Key Problems:

• Not functioning/unusable toilets, they are grossly insufficient, only 3 for each sex. There are no water closets and toilets not connected to a sewer. It is not just an inconvenience but also a health hazard.
• No government paid sanitation workers for school maintenance.
• School bore well motor is not functioning which is the source of water for all other purposes except for drinking.
• No kitchen to cook meals for student’s mid-day meal program.
• Using firewood as fuel for preparing meals every day for above 1050 students.
• No benches for students while eating their lunch.
• Not enough class rooms because of that classroom are overcrowded; each teacher is working with 75 students, which is way above the recommended.
• No science lab/computer lab/no tables and no room’s to keep sports equipment.
• Drinking water tank capacity is very limited not adequate for 1050 above students.

Immediate needs requested
School staffs communicated that below urgent needs are most desired. Students learning outcomes are improved significantly, if we address any of these following provisions.
• Renovating/construction of new toilets adequate for each sex to foster hygienic learning environment.
• Construction of hygienic kitchen which is important as young children are at a greater risk of various infections, diseases, and possibility of food contamination.
• Repairing school bore well motor to keep school environment clean particularly toilets, and kitchen.


2).Neredmet boys/girls high school

This school is in worst of worst condition, total students strength nearly 250, in that girls are more than the boys. Lack of basic amenities, particularly no toilets, not functioning electrical, no kitchen, and broken boundary walls is giving a chance to miscreants to use school premises for illegal activities. Below are the details for more details. School staff is very co-operative. They said that they extend their help or work for loksatta party promotion if party provide/raises funds for school development.


Key Problems:

• Broken boundary walls, no gate for the school. It became abodes for miscreants, gamblers and drunkards after the school
hours. They are stealing the electrical material and other school valuables, including teacher desks.
• No toilets at all, even for girls.
• Grossly insufficient staff, teacher student ratio is 1:120, which is unthinkable. Need volunteers to teach students at least few hours a week.
• No sweeper. No watch men for school security.
• No kitchen facility
• The quality standards of mid-day meals are very poor.
• No sports equipment
• School classrooms are dilapidated condition, but principal said new class rooms will be ready in few months.

Immediate needs requested
School staffs communicated that below urgent needs are most desired. Students learning outcomes are improved significantly, if we address any of these following provisions.
• Construction of new wall where ever broken or ddilapidated boundary wall with a gate. It would fix lot of issues for them, especially after school hours
• Construction of new toilets adequate for each sex to foster hygienic learning environment.


Where we are currently:

Vamsi received project cost estimates from the contractor who did work in KPHB if you are interested to support this project please reach out to Malkajigiri CPP team

Kalyan Raman( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Venkat Didugu( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for further information

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