GottiKoya kids on learning expedition

GottiKoya kids on learning expedition
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Thanks to sustained efforts of committed teachers, wards of 40 migrant GottiKoyasettlers, hailing from the neighbouring Chhattisgarh state and living on hilltops on the outskirts of Bendaalapadu, are now attending the modest Government Primary School here. 

Kothagudem: Thanks to sustained efforts of committed teachers, wards of 40 migrant GottiKoyasettlers, hailing from the neighbouring Chhattisgarh state and living on hilltops on the outskirts of Bendaalapadu, are now attending the modest Government Primary School here.

About 10 years ago, the GottiKoyas migrated to Bendaalapadu. Since then, they have always engaged their wards in various chores and work-related activities. They were not inclined to send the kids to school.

The teachers of the Government Primary School at Bendaalapaduthen took pains to scale the hills to convince parents to send their wards to school. Members of the tribal community took many years to take a decision.

Today, at least 10 children belonging to these tribal families are studying in Classes I to V in the primary school. It is a different matter that they must trek at least five km to reach the school, crossing a tank bund and wading through the bushes. Thesedays it is quite common to find students reaching the school, sporting uniform and carrying school bag as well as a plate for mid-day meal at the school.

Talking to The Hans India, school teacher Rajat Singh said it took a lot of efforts and time to convince the parents to send their children to school. He said that the teachers, speaking in their tongue, persuaded the tribals to send their wards to the school. He said the government provided them uniform and school bags.

He observed that all the children had been suffering from nutritional deficiency. It was high time an Anganwadi centrewas established in their habitat, he added.

By PV Satyanarayana

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