Swami Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Nandyala.
Education and health are the most required facilities for any society to prosper. Our villages, towns and cities have these facilities. But are not adequate or of very poor quality. In our higher education system we have some of the best institutions in the world. When it comes to primary and high school education, our villages and towns don’t have many good schools. There are good schools, but most of them are not accessible to children who are born into low to mid range income families. Children shouldn’t be deprived of good education because of their parents’ economical potential. The children did not create their parents’ financial conditions or they did not choose their parents. The children who are not able to get good education because of their parents’ financial conditions are unjustly put in this condition. Majority of children in our country fall in to this category. All children must get good education and medical services. This must be the primary responsibility of our governments and societies. If we are talented and strong we can create all the other things ourselves. That is why we need good education and good medical facilities. These were my thoughts always.
One of my brothers, Kiran, who also shares similar ideas put a proposal before me about four and half years ago. That was, “How about developing an educational institution?” There was no second thought in my mind. I accepted his proposal immediately and we started the project which we called ‘Mabadi’. (’mabadi’ means ‘our school’.) We have put a lot of effort and most of our resources into this. Constructed building for the school with all the required furniture, teaching materials, books and toys. We started the classes in June 2003. Started with Nursery and kindergarten classes. Now there are classes up to 3rd class. The school will be successfully completing three academic years by 15 April 2006. Children studying in the school are getting the best education and facilities. Total expenses, including tuition fee, books and two pairs of school uniform is Rs.2,200 (kindergarten) and Rs.2,900 (for 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes).
The people who made this project a reality are my brother Kiran, my father and the teachers who are working for the school. There was also great support from Indira and there will always be. This is just a beginning and we have to go a long way.
School building in June 2003, before beginning regular classes.