Round Table School was established in 1986 for the kids residing in the slum areas of Roopen – Agrahara in the outskirts of Bangalore. The school aims at providing free education to every kid dwelling in these slums which will eventually help to earn his/her living and thereby support the family. The school which started with 1 classroom, 3 teachers and 40 students has now expanded to 10 classrooms, 23 teachers and approximately 650 students. The school now provides education till 10th grade and houses a library, computer lab, playground, kitchen and a newly established science lab. What a phenomenal achievement!!!
All the students had gathered at the school ground at 9.30AM for the flag hoisting which was followed by other cultural programs and speeches. Since we were caught up in the Bangalore traffic we reached a little late. The minute we reached school we got nostalgic and started missing our school and the Republic Day celebrations back home.
By now, the kids had started queuing up for their mid day meal. Round Table School provides free mid day meals for all the students. We accompanied these kids to the dining area. These meals are generally served by teachers and student volunteers. We also got an opportunity to serve food to the kids. This was the most gratifying experience we’ve had till date. As a part of the celebrations the round table members also distributed chocolates amongst the kids. The kids offer prayers before the start of the meal and wait till every kid has been served his meal. It’s from these kids we learnt today how to value our meal and share it with others. Thank you kids!!!
We went around the school to see the facilities provided to the students. Nikhil briefed us about the school and its activities right from its inception to administration. Vocational training, English speaking classes, computer education are amongst the few activities the school conducts apart from the regular curriculum. He also showed the various achievements and medals won by the students in various competitions. What a proud moment!!!
The visit was a true eye opener for us. We realized that these kids are the future of Republic India and need to be treasured. Due to our “so called” busy schedules we had forgotten our social responsibilities. Today we vow to do our bit and give back to our society to help build a better tomorrow!!!
P.S. If any of you would like to volunteer or pledge your support for the Round Table School drop me a line. I will be able to guide you to the concerned person.