Setting up libraries to raise standards
Driven by her passion to improve educational standards in government-run schools in rural pockets, Megha Vyakaranam, an NRI girl studying in Class XI, has set up libraries with her own earnings in 10 Mandal Upper Primary Schools of Anandapuram mandal in the city.
Visakhapatnam: Driven by her passion to improve educational standards in government-run schools in rural pockets, Megha Vyakaranam, an NRI girl studying in Class XI, has set up libraries with her own earnings in 10 Mandal Upper Primary Schools of Anandapuram mandal in the city.
Each library has an initial collection of 5000 books, all given along with steel almirahs. It all began with Megha resolving to help rural students using the entire money she got as the first prize winner at an International Science Competition in which students from 80 countries across the globe participated.
Studying in Dallas, USA the girl always thinks of ways in which she could help poor students in rural areas. While in Class X, she established 'Hustle 2 Heal', a non-profit organisation, along with some other fellow students in the US.
Megha is granddaughter of late Raja Rao Vyakaranam, a mathematics teacher of Anandapuram mandal, who had nurtured thousands of students. During Megha's summer trip this year to India, she visited some schools in the mandal, where her aunt, Kanaka Durga Dhulipala, working in the Panchayati Raj Department, suggested that Megha could help students who are studying in government schools in rural areas.
After returning to the US, Megha also collected donations by visiting door-to-door in Dallas. After pooling the money, with the help of her aunt in India, she purchased thousands of books and steel almirahs and presented them to 10 Upper Primary schools in Anandapuram mandal.
The libraries were set up in the upper primary schools of Pekeru, Boddapalem, Mutcherla, Peddipalem, Venkatapuram, Ramavaram, Gandigundam, Sontyam and Gambheeram villages of Anandapuram mandal.
As a part of the gesture, a programme was organized at Palavalasa Upper Primary School and the books and almirahs were donated. Megha’s grandmother V Gayatri, on behalf her granddaughter, handed over the books and almirahs to the Palavalasa School headmaster. Later, Gayatri also handed over the books and almirahs to the other school headmasters, who were present at Palavalasa.
MPDO, Anandapuram B Aruna Sree, president, Mandal Praja Parishad Ch Vara Lakshmi and other officials appreciated Megha. The officials and elected representatives hailed Megha’s gesture, saying it would be an inspiration to the present generation.
By Vkl Gayatri