In order to bridge the gap between schools in need and potential benefactors, the state government has implemented a portal to facilitate its ‘adopt a school’ initiative.
Director of School Education and Literacy Swapnil Tembe said that the portal has garnered attention from banks, public sector undertakings (PSUs) and individuals keen to contribute to the betterment of education.
“I’m very happy to see this progress but we need many more to come forward because we have a long list of schools that need help,” Tembe said.
The portal provides a platform for those willing to support educational institutions, whether it be their own alma mater, neighbourhood school, or any other school in need.
The Director emphasised the importance of community involvement in bolstering the education system.
He encouraged more individuals, businesses, and organisations to make use of the user-friendly portal, as it simplifies the process of connecting those eager to make a positive impact on education with schools requiring assistance.
According to Tembe he was also encouraged to adopt a school after he recently came across examples of some teachers of a government lower primary school who are doing a lot to improve the functioning of the midday meal scheme.
He explained that these teachers are deploying some innovative strategies of using tiffins, encouraging cooks and motivating parents and that children are so happy to come to school.
These teachers have also put in a lot of effort in the school by putting up pictures and writings in the classroom walls and it is very well-managed.
“I have decided to adopt this school and to help these teachers to perform even better,” Tembe said, adding that he plans to visit the school in person soon.