Acharya inspires students with ‘plastic-mukt’ Bharat call

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Nagaland Governor lauds Akshar Education Model

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, June 14: “If we want to strengthen the society we have to make the weak people of the society strong. The Akshar Forum School in Pamahi is such an encouraging example of implementation of a curriculum designed specifically for children in poverty,” said Governor of Nagaland PB Acharya.

The Governor of Nagaland came to visit Akshar Forum—a unique school that supplements formal education with vocational training, business incubation, and community development.

Acharya also planted a neem sapling at Akshar campus and handed over a token of support to Parmita Sarma, the founder of Akshar School at a programme which was also participated by the Governor’s wife Kavita Acharya, Prof Alaka Sarma, school Managing Trustee and Mazin Mukhtar, school co-founder.

Delivering an inspirational speech, Acharya said that he had heard about the school and how it is taking innovative steps in contributing towards protection of the environment as the children here are striving for a polythene free world. He mingled with the children and gave slogans like “Plastic-mukt (free) Bharat banega”, “Poverty is not disease or curse”.

Emphasizing on swachch bharat, he said that education is the way to success and while English can be a medium of learning, everyone should respect and cultivate their mother tongue.

According to Mazin Mukhtar, “Schools need to provide opportunities to students to earn at school. This will solve social problems like child labour, school dropout, etc. Our model of teaching also tries to addresses the unique needs of people that vary from place to place. We came up with the idea this year of collecting plastic waste to turn into eco bricks to use in construction, which could also help students earn some money and keep them out of manual child labor”.

He said that the Delhi Government has already accepted the Akshar model in a government school while five more schools have been scheduled to run after the new model of teaching.

Akshar’s curriculum mixes practical training with conventional academic subjects. The goal is to support teenagers through school and into college or an apprenticeship. Practical education includes learning how to install and operate solar panels and helping to run the school’s landscaping business, which works to improve local public spaces.

The school has also partnered with an education technology charity to provide pupils with tablet computers and interactive learning materials to boost their digital literacy. Outside of the classroom pupils run an animal shelter, too, rescuing and treating injured or abandoned dogs before finding them homes locally.

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