The Soochna Seva team in West Champaran, Bihar, recently established a CIRC in Kasturba School in Gaunaha panchayat where 137 girls are enrolled from Classes VI to X. The “school” is actually an ashram where Kasturba Gandhi once taught with a vision to empower girls. In 1984, the people of Bhitiharwa village donated their land for this school after they felt the need for a proper education mechanism and place for girls. A committee was formed to supervise the functioning of the institute; in 2012 the committee included youth for the holistic development of children.
The commitment of this group of young people is determined to provide quality education and knowledge of computers. Thirty-three staff members teach at and run the school on a purely volunteer basis. In June this year, the Chief Secretary of Bihar visited the school and assured the villagers that the school would soon get government recognition.
It is believed that in 1917, Mahatma Gandhi decided to briefly live in Bhitiharwa after travelling to various parts of Champaran. Here, he established an ashram where Kasturba Gandhi fondly taught children.
Through the CIRC, DEF aims to provide digital literacy to students, access to information, knowledge of spoken and written English, helpdesk for government documents and digital services like photocopy, print outs, scanning and photo printing.