Maharaja of Mysuru launches Akshaya Patra’s model school initiative

BENGALURU: Maharaja of Mysuru, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, today launched The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s school rejuvenation programme, ‘School and Student Transformation – A Model School Initiative’, at the Government Lower Primary School – Ravindranagar in Bengaluru.

The city-headquartered nonprofit, known for its mid-day meal programme at government schools, has equipped GLPS Ravindranagar with a new compound wall, food storage facility, hand-wash stations, and zero maintenance bio-toilets as a part of infrastructural upgrades. CCTV cameras have been installed. A kitchen garden has been developed, the produce of which will be used to prepare food for the anganwadi children in the school premises. A multi-lingual library and an AV room have been added too.

On the occasion, Wadiyar said, “I am glad that Akshaya Patra, through its model school endeavour is helping create a positive environment in our schools. We know that a positive environment at the school translates into better academic performance of children. If such school rejuvenation programmes are implemented across the country, millions of children will benefit from them.”

Chanchalapathi Dasa, vice chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, said, “We want to build sustainable model schools which would serve as templates of excellence, where all-round development of the children would be the goal.”

Akshaya Patra wants to implement the model school initiative in 100 schools across India in the first phase. Schools have been assessed and shortlisted in rural and semi-urban areas of Bengaluru (Karnataka), Rourkela and Puri (Odisha), and Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh) and will begin implementing planned activities on these schools in the coming months.

Source: The Economic Times       Dated: Dec 13, 2018