UP: 'Mowgli School' inspires students to pick up books
Located in the Dudhwa-Katarniya forest area in Bahraich, UP, "Mowgli School" is busy giving wings to the dreams of village children, thanks to an initiative by the Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF). The STPF, constituted for tiger conservation, embarked on a mission to teach children living in the forest areas. Children trek the forest terrain and cover around 10km to study at the school.
STPF Sub-inspector started teaching village children during his stay
"STPF was basically formed for ensuring safety of tigers and other wild animals, and for checking the man-animal conflict," Ramesh Pandey, Field Director, Dudhwa-Katarniya forest said yesterday. "Sub-Inspector of STPF, Satyendra Kumar, during his stay at Motipur range, started teaching children of the village (which comes under the forest range) a few days ago along with the other forest department staff," he added.
Kumar advised villagers about importance of children's education
Kumar started counseling the villagers and made them aware about the positive effect of education which "leads to overall betterment of children and secure their future". "He made the villagers understand that instead of sending their children to collect firewood, they should send them to schools. He started Mowgli School and the education material is provided by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)," Pandey said.
'Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai': An anthem for these students
The school is functioning from the premises of Motipur eco-tourism center, said officials. "The classes are held in the evening and over 150 children attend them... Most of the children generally assist their families in day-to-day work. (But) They take out time to study," Pandey said. Interestingly, the famous song 'Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai...' is also crooned by the students at the school.