The government has made a slew of measures in trying to improve the enrolment rate of school kids by introducing noon meal scheme, giving away free school uniforms and books etc. But to think from the child's point of view on what would actually attract them to come to school, takes some good amount of creativity and effort.
School building turns train
You would have heard about museum on wheels or school buses but this one is out of the box. Government UP School in Kasargod's Pilicode, Kerala has the entire school building revamped like a train! Around 400 children who came back to school after their vacation were in for a great pleasant surprise as their school had become a train.
Painted like the epitome of a train with windows and doors on one side with an airlines ad picture on the other side, the building comprised nuances to make it as personified as possible.
Why was the school building in Kerala painted like a train?
This is a part of the Kerala state government's efforts to remodel public education in the state, the Government UP School turned to paint and colour to make the schoolhouse more inviting for its students.
How did a government school manage to get the funds for such a painting?
The intiative was made possible with the help of Rs 2.5 lakh through crowdfunding. A local artist Sanjeesh Vengara was assigned to carry out the transformation within a month before the school reopened. The railway station being located nearby, the artist resort to use it as his theme and went ahead with it.
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Even the preprimary children's classrooms have been renovated, with the walls adorned with paintings of cartoon characters.
About Government UP School in Kasargod's Pilicode
- The school has classes of students from pre-primary till Class 7.
- This year there were 160 new admissions
- 85 students were admitted to the pre-primary classes
- The school has four blocks and the painting was done in the main block