#Being BASIC – “My Only Wish is to Help Children Get Education”

Kangpat Khunou village is closer to Myanmar than to the state capital Imphal in Manipur. People from the village can go to Myammar on foot and come back in a day’s time while it takes half day walk and then 7-8 hours by bus to reach Imphal. Development has eluded this village for long and only last year in 2012 the villagers were blessed with electricity.

Children in the village and neighboring villages had to go to the sub-division schools to study as there are no proper functioning schools in their villages. Without education the cycle of poverty and hard life ever encircles them.

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Here at Being BASIC, we are glad to share a story of a man that now shines like a light unto this village. Mahaimi Shimray, a young man has this testimony that the only thing he aspires and wants to leave to this village and the world is giving children the most powerful weapon – Education. With hard work and dedication he has managed to run ‘Vakuk Mission School’ in Kangpat Khunou successfully. Started with just few students and fewer teachers, today the school has around 60 students including many from neighboring villages and 8 teachers.

Through this mission school, Mahaimi desires to impart education among the poor villagers and give opportunity to poor children who can’t afford school fees and avail education. The school also organise children camps and create awareness on the importance of education in the neighboring villages.

Vakuk Mission School was established in 2007 under church sponsorship. The school was started with only 4 teachers and 36 students in a kaccha house. Realising the urgent need for education among the poor village children who can’t go to towns and cities for education, the church started this mission school. Income from the church, village authority and the small amount of money taken as school fee were the only source to run it.

Under the leadership of Mahaimi, the school has grown bigger and students from neighboring villages have also started coming to study there. Most of the teachers at Vakuk Mission School are youths from the village who has volunteered for the job. Free tuitions are also given after the class by the teachers. Many challenges are yet to be overcome; lack of good teachers, fund, lack of playground, lack of proper infrastructure, need to build hostels for students from neighboring villages, etc. However Mahaimi hopes that soon many plans and dreams will come true.

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Note: India became one of 135 countries to make education a fundamental right of every child when Right to Education Act (RTE) came into force on 1 April 2010. Right to Education Act (RTE), is an Indian legislation enacted by the Parliament of India on 4 August 2009, which describes the modalities of the importance of free and compulsory education for children between 6 and 14 in India under Article 21A of the Indian Constitution.

However, many children especially in remote areas are stripped off RTE. Not only do their rights get violated but they are also forced to spend so much money and struggle to study in private schools.

*You can write to us or call if you want more information on the school or if you would like to help out the children there. We, at BASIC plan to soon extend support in whatever big or small ways possible.