RDT successfully transformed a dilapidated Zilla Parishad High school in Chinnekotta Palli in 2012.
Before RDT took charge, insufficient rooms forced teachers to take classes out in the open or in the verandah. However, frequent incursions by monkeys disrupted classes and were a general menace. In addition, the school premises did not have any fencing and a large ditch at the entrance posed serious risk to children. Because of these issues, enrolment in the school gradually reduced. While in 2006 total enrolment of the school was above 1000, later reports pegged it around 630.
RDT estimated that the cost of expansion and repairs would be around INR 70 lakhs, of which the school management contributed INR 3 lakhs. After filling up the ditch at the entrance, the construction began in April, 2012 and took 9 months to complete.
Large, airy and fully electrified, the new building has plenty of rooms to easily accommodate all students, a 1000-litre capacity water tank, drinking water facility and separate toilet facility for girls and the staff. Inaugurated on 21st December 2012, the building was christened as ‘Fr. Vicente Ferrer block’.
Since all students now have access to pucca classrooms, neither the weather nor the monkeys distract them anymore from their studies. The Headmaster feels that the improved infrastructure has resulted in better performance of all the students. Having heard the success story of C.K. Palli Zilla Panchayat School, school managements from neighbouring villages are also contemplating construction of infrastructure facilities in their schools via RDT’s Habitat team.
“I feel secured and was able to score 85% marks in my exams. Thanks to RDT, the new building changed my educational growth path.”
10th Std., C.K. Palli Zilla Panchayat School