“Every child is an Einstein, all he needs is an education”
“The Dahanukar Vidyalaya, Tilaknagar was founded in 1948 and has a rich heritage of producing academic stalwarts who have gone on to become good citizens of this country” said Mr. Suresh Ravat, Principal DVT. “The school has always looked for innovative models to teach the students and ensure every child’s right to education.“
SMDT is a 63 year old NGO working in education, malnutrition, animal welfare, environmental conservation and livelihood empowerment in Shrirampur taluka of Ahmednagar. The Marathi school located in Ranjankhol village recently inaugurated a 20 computer lab which runs the NIIT N-guru program for computer education from standards 1st to 10th.
The trust also initiated an “Earn-while-you-learn” project in the campus of the school. The students have an opportunity to produce vermicompost which is sold to the trust, who further uses it in their organic fields. “The students not only realize financial independence at an early age, but also learn important skills of composting and hence waste management. Open littering is rampant in the villages and children can use the skills learnt to keep their village clean” said Mr. Ashish Garud, who has been alum of the school.
The waste leaves, foliage etc are gathered from the school campus as well as nearby area while dung is provided by the go-shala run by the trust. Earthworms are procured from the trust and technical guidance and supervision is done by Mr. Swapnil Dond, Agri executive. The students are taught the entire process and frequently guided by the teachers and Agri team of the trust.
“I have started a vermicompost project in my home and don’t let my father waste any cow dung now. All the farm waste and dung is used to make vermicompost in our backyard. I want us to start growing organic vegetables with this vermicompost”, these are the big green dreams of a young girl Ms. Sangita Kurhe from Kurhe Vasti, Belapur who’s studying in 7th standard in the Dahanukar Vidyalaya.