In an effort to encourage parents to send their children to school, Shishka Kuteer -a novel school in Chhattisgarh’s Ambikarpur area is providing primary education by merely asking them to plant trees, instead of paying fees.
The school started by a group of local professionals and businessmen was set up to provide education to parents of students who cannot afford to pay school fees.
The school asks parents of every child to plant a sapling at the time of admission, and also to nurture it personally. In case a plant dies, the parents are required to plant another one in its place.
The initiative has received tremendous response from the villagers, who are happy to see their children getting quality English medium education, who would’ve otherwise found it hard to afford it. At least 700 saplings have been planted across the village, since the start of the school.