Deccan Chronicle writes on Vandemataram Foundation

Copy of the report from Deccan Chronicle

Inspired by Kalam, kids brighten up schools

Warangal, March 20: Inspired by the message of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, students of six village schools of this district have contributed Re 1 each to whitewash and brighten up their school buildings. It was the students of government schools in Munagalaveedu, Tammadapally, Teegarajupally, Lohita, Anantaram, and Nallabelli villages who set an example for their urban cousins and did their parents and teachers proud.

“Though they saved and contributed only small amounts, the result was big and visible,” says Mr S. Krishna Rao, parent of a student at Anantaram village in Parvatagiri mandal.Impressed by the initiative shown by their children, the parents too contributed their mite. Some of the children persuaded their parents to contribute to the whitewashing. “This is a small but impressive initiative,” says another parent Mr V. Ramanaiah of Anantaram village. “This will go a long way to help maintain the buildings,” he says.

It all began when the Vandemataram Foundation, which is promoting patriotism among students using the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and Dr Kalam, motivated the students to do their bit to keep their schools clean. “I was inspired by the President Kalam’s exhortation to children to dream big and work hard,” says T. Ravinder Rao, one of the volunteers of the foundation. “I am just taking the message to rural students and they are working wonders.”The foundation is also procuring blackboards and constructing toilets in schools with the help of students and their parents in order to promote community ownership of educational institutions. A total of 250 volunteers of the foundation have joined hands and have adopted selected schools in 14 mandals of the district.
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