In a not-so-populated village named Narayanpura in the Gadag district of Karnataka, a government-run primary school imparts education to children from impoverished backgrounds. This school is heavily funded by a group of truck and taxi drivers, who have united for a humanitarian cause. Each of them donates Rs 500 from their monthly income to the Narayanpura Primary school.
The truck and taxi drivers floated a forum called Rajaratna Sangha, which is working towards facilitating better educational and infrastructural services to these children from underprivileged backgrounds. The platform aims to create a bright future for these children so that they may become successful individuals in their respective fields, later in their lives.
The Rajaratna platform has already spent Rs 22,000 on the school and has also donated two Android TV sets. Apart from this, a hand wash sink has also been built in the school for students. Four blackboards have been repaired in the classrooms, and after adding all these facilities, attendance is improving.
At present, 122 students between class 1 to class 8 are studying at Narayanpura Government Primary School. Among them, 95 per cent of children attend classes regularly. The taxi and truck drivers, hailed as local heroes, also organise extracurricular activities like essay competitions to keep up the morale of the students.
Kallayya Hiremath, a lorry driver and president of the forum, has said that apart from providing amenities to the school, they have also decided to provide the learning material required by the teachers every year. Currently, Rajaratna Sangha has 12 members, including some locals from the village, apart from drivers.
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