Balasore, 16th June, 2016 (OdishaLIVE Bureau): The Kalika Gram Panchayat from Jaleswar block has been adopted under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana(SAGY). Three Primary Schools of Kalika GP have been transformed into warm and welcoming learning spaces.

Balasore MP Mr. R K Jena has laid down a strong edifice for the development in Kalika by improving the condition of schools and the quality of education in the gram panchayat and it has been identified as one of priorities.

A team of experts from Swaniti Initiative and Scribble Foundation was put together in order to put plans in place and execute them seamlessly. Summer vacation was identified for implementation of the plan.

9 artists from the Scribble Foundation from Mumbai were residing in Balasore for about a month in order to finish the assignment. They not only changed the walls of classrooms to canvas of paintings having arts with mythological, historical symbols and characters but also modern arts also gave training and exposure to small school  children.

“People’s participation in fixing priorities and being partners in the development process was imperative to bring about the desired transformation as our objective. It is up to the people to share their visions and aspirations so that we can together develop Kalika as an Adarsh Gram,” said MP Jena.

“For the successful roll out of the programme a detailed roadmap was  prepared by a  team to guarantee learning outcomes for the children in a fun-filled environment, which would demonstrate a happy, inspiring and a congenial atmosphere of learning.  I congratulate the District Education Officer and the Panchayat members of Kalika for their support and cooperation during the conception and implementation of this project, also appreciate relentless efforts of the teams from Swaniti and Scribble” he said.

Mr. R K Jena observed that this initiative will act as a catalyst for change and development in Kalika. There is a lot to be done and together with the active cooperation of the people of Kalika and our teams sure we will be able to transform Kalika into a model village.

Alisha Aranah, the team leader of Scribble Foundation said, I would like to believe that this journey has been a memorable learning for the children as well as the artists. We were reminded of the simple luxuries we take for granted, like continuous access to electricity and water or concrete roofs over our heads. The children, staff, and families of Kalika taught us very valuable lessons on humility and acceptance.”

“It is a wonderful experience. The children not only found scope of learning art but also we found an exposure to rural Odisha,” said another artist, Reha.

“In the summer break engaging the students and community over a period of one month also helped in building a team spirit and activity based learning in schools. This is definitely one of the key components of any model village,” said Utkarsh Bharadwaj of Swaniti Initiative.

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