By Avtar Singh
Ferozepur, May 31 : At Suhalewala in southwest Punjab, a modern school has come up which nurtures rural talent with the best of education and moral values.
Village Chak Suhelewala in Ferozepur district can now hold its own against any other. Till recently, the village had no school, and elders here hardly ever thought of giving good education to their children.
But, they were awakened in 2001, with the setting up of the Mata Gujri Public School by S Jora Singh Maan. The school of international standards changed the mindset of the people. There are over 1200 students studying in the school and many of them belong to families, which have never ever seen a classroom. With state-of-the-art equipment, a computer lab and all facilities, the school is run by a trust 'Mata Gujri Educational Society'.
"I had my own thoughts about this school. Our children in this area had no good school to study. Because of this reason, people used to call this border area in district Ferozpur a backward region. The soil of this region is very fertile plus people are very hard working. If good education is provided it will boost development in the area," said S. Jora Singh Mann, trust member, Mata Gujri Educational Society.
The students aiming for the competitive exams and those who could not afford any extra expenditure on coaching are being prepared for the same alongside regular curriculum. "I am a medical student. Circumstances were not allowing me to study further. But my desire was to become doctor. So, I contacted many schools. But no one helped me. Then I came to know about this school. I spoke to the principal and MP of the area who promised me to fulfill my dream to become a doctor," said Prabha, a student.
Here, the students are provided training for various sports under the guidance of experts.
The playing of Punjabi folk instruments like Tumbi, Dhol and Sarangi are also taught to the students to acquaint them of their roots.