Union HRD Min Sashi Tharoor at annual day of Sewa bharati Mookambika Sravana Samsara Vidyalam

The school lacks basic facilities, but there is hope thanks to a tireless and dedicated staff | Purnima Sah

Sree Mookambika Sravana Samsara Vidyalam or the Mookambika School of Deaf and Dumb located in Trivandrum celebrated its 18th annual day last week.

After eighteen years one would expect a certain minimum in terms of facilities at the school. But the school urgently needs renovation as it is poorly roofed and hardly ventilated. When it rains, the water seeps in leaving the students and teachers wet.

There are no proper teaching aids either and that makes the task of the teachers even more challenging. Most of the students are so poor that they cannot afford to pay their monthly fees or buy uniforms, books and other necessities.

An associate member of the school, Jayachandran Thampi M V when asked said, “This school is run by donations of the general public. Teachers are poorly paid. And yet there are so many children waiting to get admission in our school.”

The school was founded by G Vijayaraghavan, nearly twenty-five years ago. As the name indicates, it is a school solely meant for the deaf and dumb students. Now, Sevabharathi has taken charge of the school.

Anitha Ramachandran, the Principal of the school said, “Our immediate task is to raise funds to meet our immediate expenses. We have no separate classrooms; it is an open hall with no walls, which creates disturbance and distraction to the teachers as well as students.”

The opening of the school gave hope to students residing anywhere in the district. Now the school accommodates about twenty students from UKG to fifth standard. The students are all enthusiastic and keen to study, but the inadequacies of the school stand in their way of fulfilling their dreams.

The President of the school, Unni Krishnan is keen to raise this school to the level of an excellent academic institution that can accommodate more students and teachers and where result oriented methods of imparting knowledge are implemented. He said, “For this a special training division for teachers is envisaged. Introducing a school bus is also there in our list of top priorities.”

The committee intends to start a school library with the view to promote and encourage the habit of reading among children. It is also envisaged to procure articles for recreation, sports and games to complement the children’s mental and physical development.

Vijayan I, the General Secretary of Sevabharathi said, “The development plan of this school requires a hefty investment in cash and kind. For this, we look forward to generous contributions from society that will help us to bring these disabled children to the mainstream of the society and provide them with an opportunity to enjoy the amenities of life that normal children have.”

The annual day function was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shashi Tharoor. In his speech, Tharoor said that he can’t allot financial help right away because he has some limitations. But he assured that he will think about it and do something soon for the benefit of the school’s future.

Hope and prayers can help. But it cannot stop leaky roofs nor help the students realise their small dreams. Perhaps you can help make a difference. Or you need someone like Molly Aunty to Rock!

Appeal: Any good soul, who is willing to contribute in kind or otherwise, may write to anything@yentha.com and we can connect you to the school authorities.

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