Hyderabad: In the bylanes of Hyderabad's old city, students of Maharajaganj Government School cannot have enough of a blackboard that brings joy to its students. And not just Maharajaganj, the blackboard, procured with the help of 'Project 511' spreads smiles across the city's government schools. 'Project 511', as a give-back to society, aims to address issues of infrastructure and education quality for government school students in the cyber city of Hyderabad.
Started in 2008, 'Project 511' is a charitable mission that has adopted 511 government schools in Hyderabad and neighboring Ranga Reddy district. Apart from donating thousands of benches, the group has provided financial aid for constructing blackboards and toilets, and sourced innovating teaching material.
Working in collaboration with the state education department, 'Project 511' ensures that fund crunch does not prevent the young minds from a bright future. Smiles of contentment and a renewed zeal among students to further their education have kept 'Project 511' going. It has also encouraged them to adopt 511 more government schools, which they plan to do soon.
More often than not, a single toilet for more than 100 students or lack of maintenance of those few that do exist has resulted into a high dropout rate, especially among girls, said the teachers. 'Project 511', through its various endeavours, including addressing sanitation woes, hopes to restore that dignity and the quality of education that every child rightfully deserves.