Army sets up `Goodwill School` in remote LoC belt

In an effort to make education accessible to children living in one of the remotest areas of Jammu and Kashmir, the Army today started a `Goodwill School` in a village near LoC in Poonch district.

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2010, 22:09 PM IST

Jammu: In an effort to make education
accessible to children living in one of the remotest areas of
Jammu and Kashmir, the Army today started a `Goodwill School`
in a village near LoC in Poonch district.

Lt Gen Rameshwar Roy, General Officer Commanding,
White Knight Corps, dedicated the Army Goodwill School at
Saujian-Gagriyan near the LoC in Poonch district to the people
of the area, fulfilling the long-standing demand of locals for
a school which would provide quality education to children of
the area.

The school has been constructed under project
Sadbhavana of the Indian Army which envisages providing
quality education to the children in backward and remote areas
of Jammu and Kashmir, Defence Spokesman Lt Col Biplav Nath
said.

Besides construction of the school building, the
Army also provided furniture, teaching aids, sports items and
two computers with accessories, he said.

Saujian-Gagriyan village is one of the most remote
and economically underdeveloped areas in Poonch district.

"The area has borne the brunt of three wars and was
victimized by a sway of rampant terrorism wherein a number of
uneducated and unemployed youth were lured by the militants,"
Nath said.

Teachers for the school have been selected from among
the locals, thus providing gainful employment to people of the
area, he said, adding, a total of 180 students have been
admitted in the school which is initially being run from
Nursery to Class I based on Jammu and Kashmir Education Board
pattern.

He said that subsequently, on being recognized, the
school will be run from Class I to Class V as a primary
school.

-PTI