The Islampur government primary school, located on Sohna Road, Gurgaon is set to undergo a transformation as a group of residents from nearby areas have joined hands to paint it's old, decrepit building. As per the residents, this will help in providing a lively ambience for children to study.
These people enter the school premises each weekend and paint the building for nearly six hours. The process has been continuing since the past one and a half months.
Further, these residents have formed a group called ‘Paint the dreams’ which includes corporate professionals and their children. They have also asked other residents in their vicinity to donate spare or unused paintbrushes.
“We have been trying to inculcate empathy and creativity through art and we directly approach headmasters of various government schools and request them to allow us to conduct make-over of their schools during the weekend,” said Shikha Aggarwal, a resident of Malibu Town and founder of the non-governmental organisation, ‘Udaan ek meetha Sapna’ which is leading this initiative.
The ‘Paint the dreams’ group said that several schools which have little funds and don’t receive enough help from the government have asked them to paint their buildings.
Sameera Satija, a social activist, said that many government schools are not able to motivate their students to excel in studies. The buildings are in a bad state and the environment is pretty dull. Many schools have not even painted since the time their buildings were built.
The volunteers associated with the initiative added that they would like to encourage other privileged sections of the society to join hands regarding such initiatives.