In an attempt to prevent girls from throwing in the towel of school, Akhileshwar Pathak—headmaster of middle school at Chainpura village of Saran district— built separate toilets in the school to reinforce their attendance together with other more than one upgradations.
Pathak’s effort has been recognized by the ministry of education and the National Teachers’ Award was once conferred upon him on Saturday.
He joined upgraded high school of Chainpura village in 2017. After two years, he joined government middle school in the same panchayat upon getting a promotion.
Recalling what made him step towards building toilets at upgraded middle school, Pathak shared, “When I joined the school two years ago, I used to be shocked to realize that there is not any toilet in the school. After querying approximately how students particularly adolescent girls manage to attend nature’s call, people said that they go at the back of trees making a cover the use of their ‘duppattas’.
This moved him to step towards building toilets, shared 55-year-old Pathak, a father of two daughters and two sons.
He said “I appealed locals to contribute to school’s infrastructure. People voluntarily contributed land and a cash of Rs 98,176 in two days. My teachers and I contributed the amount of falling short for constructing amenities.”
Utilizing the fund, four washrooms, two every for girls and boys’, were built inside 14 days followed by other additions like drinking water facility.
Pathak may be constantly working to reinforce the condition of girls belonging to the backward classes.
He said, “I identified several unprivileged girls who skipped school one or two days after taking admission while several others of their age group never entered any school. After having a look into the matter, I found that these girls belong to the poverty-stricken circle of relatives and they were busy in cattle grazing, wood picking, and similar activities to improve their circle of relatives earn a two-square meal.”
“I visited their home and counselled their families for sending them to school. As I used to be running Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya since 2016, I convinced them to accommodate their daughters and avail hostel facility together with a lot of schemes launched by the government for encouraging girls’ education.”
After the fixed effort, around 1000 drop-out girls gained education and vocational training like cycle repairing, gas repairing, tailoring, and computer knowledge, for earning a naked minimum income.
Also, of 49 girls from his school who appeared in the Class 10 board exam, 30 secured first division, he claimed.
Pathak, who has been contributing in the field of education for 26 years upon getting selected through Bihar Public Service Commission in 1994, said, “I firmly advocate girls’ education as it’ll not only make women empowered, aware of their rights, financially independent but also help two families to grow better. Our society can’t attain balance without empowering girls.”