Bandipora: An effort made by the literate youth in this north Kashmir district’s Hajin area to teach the children is coming off, with the roll in the lone makeshift school touching one thousand.
To help the students who could not go to schools since July 8 due to the ongoing anti-India uprising in Kashmir, the educated youths have set up a makeshift school in two-room Darsgah at Syed Mohalla, Hajin.
The 12-day-old arrangement, run under the supervision of the residents, is proving to be a success, as it has already attracted enough students to enforce working in shifts.
Waseem Majid, a voluntary teacher at the makeshift school, said they never expected such an overwhelming response.
“We never expected the number of students to reach one thousand in such a short span of time,” he told Kashmir Reader. “Due to paucity of space, we are now forced to run the school in shifts. The first shift begins at 7.30 am and the second on at 10.30 am.”
The teachers, working without any monetary benefits, have devised a timetable for the facility to run smoothly and effectively.
Thirty in number, the volunteers include graduates, postgraduates, and doctorates, who have worked out a useful mechanism to benefit the students: graduates teach up to 5th class, while postgraduates and teachers with higher qualifications handle classes 6 to 12.
The local Awkaf Committee has offered its support to the initiative by opening doors of the Darsgah run by it.
The facility, started on call of the pro-freedom leadership, is also providing education free of cost to the students from other localities.
“So far, no one dropped out of the school; we only have more students joining us with each passing day,” Majid said.