NGO to renovate 5 Pune schoolsNews — By The Desk on July 13, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Times of India: Till a few days ago, students of the Sadhana English School in Mulshi studied in a dilapidated building, with broken windows and no proper roof. Today, however, the school is transformed. It now has a solid, concrete building with more classrooms, new benches and a green play area, all thanks to the NGO Round Table India (RTI).
The RTI identified and reconstructed the Zilla Parishad-run school under its ‘freedom through education’ initiative. As a result, 80 new students have taken admission to the school, adding to its earlier strength of 120.
Addressing a news conference on Monday, Karan Gehani, project convenor at RTI, said, “The school was in a sorry condition when we went there. No proper facilities were being provided to students. Some students sat in the open space, there were no proper classrooms, no ventilation and yet students were studying with great interest.
We thought that the school needed support, and decided to provide the necessary infrastructure.”
The new building is now equipped with five classrooms, a library and a computer room, pantry, 100 dual benches, audio-visual equipment and all modern electrical fittings. The budget for the new infrastructure was Rs 63 lakh.
Sandhana English medium school is just one of the 1,200 schools that RTI has built in the past 13 years. In its golden jubilee year, it has plans to build 107 such schools across India with a total estimated budget of Rs 24 crore. Of the 107 schools, five schools have been identified in Pune district. The other four are in Sonesanghvi near Shirur, Solu in Alandi, another in Wagholi and a school exclusively for the mentally challenged in Pabal, also in Shirur.
RTI ties up with corporate houses and individuals for sponsorship and the entire amount is utilised to construct the building. All the administrative costs are borne by the members. There are close to 3,000 RTI members spread across 93 centres in the country.
This year being an Olympics year, the RTI has also decided to construct 40 playgrounds in the country. “The process of identifying schools which need playgrounds or sports equipment, multi-utility courts, track and field arena is under way.
In the next three months the 40 schools will be identified and construction will begin,” Gehani said. RTI has tied up with Procter and Gamble for this project for sponsorship.