Nestled amidst lush greenery and peaceful atmosphere is Vidya Bharati’s school Saraswati Shishu Niketan, Dalu in Assam. Where good schools with all facilities are a rare find, Shishu Niketan is thriving with a total student strength of 689.
Established in February 1997, the school has grown in leaps and bounds within a short period of time. Shri Meghanjan Chakraborty, alumni of the school, ex teacher and presently holding a position in Vidya Bharati, reminisced how the school had a very humble beginning, where there was no school building when the school first started. The classes took place in a nearby governmental school building with only 17 students. Slowly nearby land was acquired and a temporary school building made of bamboo was made. Recently in 2019 the present 3 story building construction was completed.
Presently the school has 27 teaching staff and supported further by non teaching staff. The school stands on 6 acres of land and is enriched with all necessary teaching amenities such as library, computer labs, science labs and a playground.
Keeping up with values of all Vidya Bharati schools, a lot of importance is given to extracurricular activities alongside academics. Students from the school participate in national and state level sporting competitions, winning several awards for the school.
Important national and state level festivals and nationalistic dates are celebrated in the school with much enthusiasm with the view of developing patriotic feelings among the young minds of the students.
The students are encouraged to participate in social work from a young age so that they grow up to be socially responsible citizens of our motherland. The older students often donate their books to those in need from nearby villages.
During the recent Covid 19 pandemic lockdown, the school discharged their social responsibility, as the school authorities arranged to deliver essential supplies and food to the local community.
While talking about the school, Shri Meghanjan Chakraborty ji stated that though the school cannot be compared to the big schools located in urban areas of India in regards to overall look and amenities, the most valuable gift that they have received is the love and respect of the local population, for bringing the light of education to a place which was almost inaccessible earlier.
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