Violent hands that had once destroyed schools, have now come forward to shape the future of the youth

Raipur: The violent hands that once broke school buildings, houses, etc, have now become determined to shape the future of the children living in remote parts of the state. Surrendered Naxalite Anil Kunjam met chief minister Bhupesh Baghel at Barsur in Dantewada district today. He said that this school was demolished by Naxalites in the year 2015 in Bhansi-Masapara. “With the initiative of the government, now a new school building has been built here and we have all cooperated in its construction”. Anil Kunjam has let go of his violent tendencies and he wants to work toward educating children so that no one takes the path of violence because of ignorance.

Meanwhile, the Naxalites had demolished the Masapara school seven years ago in 2015, which took away the education of children living in the region. A new school building was again constructed on the special initiative of the Chhattisgarh government and now children are availing education there. Furthermore, Maoists Shankar Kunjam and Anil Kunjam joined the mainstream community after leaving the path of violence under the Lone Varratu scheme. He has got the benefit of the rehabilitation scheme of the government, employment as well as other facilities.

It was then that he realized that the future of the children of the village had become bleak due to his breaking the school. When the district administration started the reconstruction of the school, the surrendered Naxalites Anil Kunjam and Shankar Kunjam actively contributed in the construction of the school in Masapur. After almost seven years in the new building of Masapara School, the echo of children reading Kakhara has started being heard again. There is new hope in the minds of parents regarding the future of their children.

Special effort is being made by the Chhattisgarh government to restart the closed schools due to Naxal activities in the Naxal-affected interior areas for the last three years, the happy result of which is that closed schools in Bijapur, Dantewada, Sukma districts are being operated again. To contribute to the educational infrastructure of their region, the local youth have started playing their part by joining the education system as teachers who will shape the destiny of children.

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