Karnataka Teacher Used a ‘Pencil’ to Bring Back Life into a Govt School


A Karnataka Teacher who introduced children's magazine which has restored hopes of several students in a Government school in Raichur's Sindhanur taluk.

Karnataka Teacher Used a ‘Pencil’ to Bring Back Life into a Govt School

Karnataka Teacher, B Kotresh has introduced children’s magazine which has breathe life into a govt. School in Raichur’s Sindhanur taluk. He is the man who has completely transformed the ruined school into creative and interesting learning classrooms. 

Hope for Students

The govt. School in village Belagurki, Sindhanur taluk, Raichur district was in a ruined condition. The villagers ignore the school due to the lack of infrastructure, and poor learning facilities in the ramshackle school building.

B Kotresh spoke to The Better India that he observed the dropout rate in the school was high extremely and his first task was to change this. It didn’t help that there is no infrastructure in the school.

It was right now that Kotresh chose to find a way to reestablish the learning environment. He saw that the understudies had a more prominent interest in art & drawing activities and in this manner, began connecting with them in art & craft activities.

The Introduction of Pencil Magazine 

It was in 2013, Kotresh chose to begin a school magazine - Pencil. The fundamental purpose of this activity was to get the students associated with something innovative and make them feel accountable for it. 

Consistently the Pencil Magazine distributes at least 500 copies, which is then circulated among the perusers. There are additionally different segments in the paper of which two are exceptionally prominent – 'Kelowna Banni' (Let's ask) and 'Nammoora Parichaya' (Let us know our town)." 

"This costs me Rs 4000 every month and I have been putting this cash each month from my pocket. There was such a great amount of energy among the understudies. I don't think anything had held their interest and consideration for such a long time. They felt extremely pleased with taking a shot at the magazine. 

A Makeover 

It's currently 10 years and the school has experienced a total makeover with another compound divider, great framework, drinking water, clean toilets, a games room, a library, and four new study halls. All gratitude to the accomplishment of Pencil magazine. 

According to a class, 7 students "We convey reports of essays, community events and festivals, poems, stories, articles on social issues and painting as well."

The distribution isn't just reaching the students yet, in addition, pulling in guardians and individuals everywhere in the district. In spite of the fact that this remote town is still a long way from any everyday paper, occupants have become regular readers. Furthermore, Pencil even lands at Bengaluru where it has firm readers.