As it inches towards its 100th year, the school is however a weathered reflection of its older self.

With their walls and roof crumbling this nearly 100-yr-old school in Ktaka needs your helpImage source: Ketto
Features Human Interest Wednesday, October 04, 2017 - 18:28

For nearly a century now, the Janatha Higher Elementary School in Adyanadaka, a small village in Dakshina Kannada district, has provided education to many a generation.

Founded in 1922, the school witnessed India's Independence and has lived through and even braved several life-changing events in history.

As it inches towards its 100th year, the school is however a weathered reflection of its older self.

The infrastructure is falling apart and the institution is expecting the public to help keep it alive and running.

An online campaign on Ketto is seeking to raise funds to restore the crumbling portions of the school and add more classrooms, in an effort to restore its lost glory.

A short-film about the school made by Untold Collective earlier this year explores the deep connection the residents of the village feel with the school.

"Even though the school is in Karnataka, one of the walls stands in Kerala," says Ashwini Krishnamurthy, correspondent and Secretary of Janatha Higher Elementary School.

"From the very beginning, students from both sides of the border used to come here to study, and they still do," she adds.

In many families in the village, generations have studied in the same school.

Rashmi is a resident of the village and three generations of her family have studied in the school.

"My grandfather was not only a student, he even taught there as a teacher and retired as a headmaster. What's interesting is that one of his students then was my grandmother. My father too had my grandfather as a teacher. From Ajja's (grandfather) time to mine, this family has shared a close relationship with the Adyanadaka school," she says.

In 1945, a storm destroyed a part of the school, Ashwini recollects. At that time, the residents got together and helped mend the damaged portion.

This time around though, the estimated costs for repair are too high, and the residents of Adyanadka are hoping that they will get support from the public so that they can run for another 100 years at least. 

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