Community takes initiative to start two new schools in Bhogam (Dantewada)!

School opened in Kalarpara hamlet. (Bhogam village, District: Dantewada, Chhattisgarh)

We are delighted to share with you that two new schools have started in Bhogam panchayat of Dantewada block by the efforts of villagers. Bhogam village located in Dantewada (Chhattisgarh) comprises of 9 hamlets and is spread over a radius of 4-5 kilometers. However there is only one primary school for the children of these 9 hamlets. This means that they have to cover a distance of at least 2-3 kilometers every day to attend school. This situation makes it difficult for younger kids and the children from the hamlets of Vettipara and Kalarpara as they have to cover more distance. ‘The Right to Education Act 2009’ recommends that primary schools must be in the radius of 1 kilometer from the habitat of children.

Our Datewada education team had observed that the school building constructed in Vettipara and Kalarpara 3-4 years ago never got started. Schools in these 2 hamlets would benefit around 50 children. The team raised and discussed this issue in the village meetings. The villagers from both the hamlets decided that the School Management Committee (SMC) members will meet the District Collector and CEO – Zilla Panchayat; requesting them to open these schools. On 11th June 2012, representatives of the School Management Committee visited Dantewada and gave the application. District Collector took immediate action and issued order to start the school. Now two new schools are functional at Vettipara and Kalarpara in Bhogam! Children come there regularly to learn.

We thank the villagers and the government officials immensely for their support and action.

Village Meeting at Kalarpara, Bhogam (Dantewada, Chhattisgarh)

Villagers in school.












– This post was shared by Dantewada education team member Pradeep Soni.