By Ravinder Singh Robin
Vaien Puien (Tarn Taran) April 9, : They say Knowledge is Power. And, following these words of wisdom, a non-government organization (NGO) here is imparting free education to children from the lower strata of society at a public school here.
The NGO "Akaal Purk Ki Fauj" seeks to help people from the needy section of society.
TO start with the NGO selected 200 children from 20 villages in 2005 falling under the jurisdiction of Village Vaien Puien, Today, the number of students getting free education has grown to over 450 pupils.
Built on a plot of two acres, the school offers education from nursery to standard five.
Qualified teachers have been employed. Students and staff are daily ferried by school vans.
Ravinder Kaur, the Principal of APKF public school, said that, "In fact, a large number of unrecognized private schools operate in the slum and resettlement areas of Amritsar and Tarn Taran districts to impart quality education at nominal cost. But Vain Poin is one of the most neglected area, deprived of any access to basic education.
Kaur said that there should be a proper system to support these children who were not able to get quality education.
Jaswinder Singh advocate, convener of APKF say the society should provide education to the children who cannot attend to go to good schools.
Joginder Singh, resident of Totian, whose grandchildren are getting free education in the APKF School, said that the APK is really doing an admirable work by providing basic education to poor children.
Kiran Deep Kaur, one student, who wants to become a schoolteacher said when she grows up, she hopes to impart free education in rural areas.
The school is being run with the help of donations by generous people from within the country and several non-resident Indians (NRIs) through their personal sponsorships of students. So far, 150 students are being educated with the help of private sponsorship that costs rupees 6,000 for each student.