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Running the School

Lining up for assembly

The Buildings
There are now 6 properly constructed classrooms set in a large playground, a separate toilet block with girls & boys toilets/washbasins, a detached building for teachers, meetings, library and computers (in due course) plus a rustic ‘home stay’ with its own western toilet and shower – for volunteer English teachers or visitors.

Classes
There are 6 classes – Kindergarten 1 and 2, plus years 1 to 4.  Completion of the new buildings has allowed the numbers to more than double for the 2008 academic year so many of the 2008 intake have started with little or no previous education.  Pupils are grouped by ability, not age, which works well.  Ages range from 4 to 14.   School hours are 9 am to 3 pm weekdays (12 midday for the youngest), plus Saturday mornings for other activities, games and singing.

Pupils
125 girls and boys (from over 80 different families) are now in full time primary education, most for the very first time. The school is in an area designated as being below the official Indian poverty level; what work there is day labour (Rs 100 a day – about £1.10) or tea picking in season.  Many parents are illiterate, and few speak English.

Although, in theory, India has free primary school education, the reality is that the only other government run school in the area is locked and deserted so only the children of parents who can afford school fees can go to school.

Hannah’s school accepts only children of the poorest parent. At present, unlike virtually all other schools in India, there is no uniform. All that is required to attend are shoes, something to eat for lunch, and a hankie!  The school is non-religious and children are from all faiths – or none.  Children all walk to school, even the very youngest – for some it is well over an hour each way.


Lunch Break