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When a Kerala village united to buy land for a school

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In a heartwarming display of unity and dedication, residents of a village in Palakkad, Kerala have come together and raised funds for the construction of a new school building for a government lower primary school.

The villagers and former students of the school at Chalissery collected over Rs 19.60 lakh and purchased seven cents of land required for constructing the new building for which the Kerala government had allotted Rs 1.20 crore.

They decided to purchase the land for the new building because there wasn’t enough space available at the school premises for constructing a new building. “Over 650 students are studying in the school which lacks the required infrastructure. Though the government allotted funds for the construction, it couldn’t take off because of paucity of land. So we decided to purchase seven cents of land situated adjacent to the school for constructing the new building,” said Chalisseri panchayat president A V Sandhya.

This collective effort aims to provide improved educational facilities for over 650 students from the village and its surrounding areas. The 96-year-old old government school has been a cornerstone of education for generations in the village and the people decided to form a public committee to raise the fund for purchasing the land to ensure that the school provided a more conducive learning environment for the students.

“The families of each student also contributed money. Two students even donated their gold earrings. It took seven months for us to collect the funds required to buy the land and register it in the name of the panchayat for constructing the new building,” said school PTA president V N Vinu. He said the entire village

The community worked hand in hand, displaying an unwavering commitment to the betterment of the children’s future. “We have also written to the state government to acquire nearly 30 cents of the land lying adjacent to the school for further expansion of the school infrastructure in the future,” he said.

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