Beyond the Horizon
By Pradeep Kumar
Birth, nourishment, education and taking up livelihood activities to march ahead are indivisible part of life which is interwoven by positive, negative, or improbable events. But ‘Lady Luck’ embraces very few who achieve what they desire or get utmost satisfaction from what they do.
An occasional interaction with Nang Sujata Namchoom recently gave an impression about her blissful life because of the fulfillment she gets from the outcome of Blooming Bird Public School she has been running since 2013.
Why and how she conceived the idea of the school is a tell-all story. After marriage in 2001, the moral education she had received from Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya stirred her consign on seeing how the tiny tots were going astray, getting spoilt and even few taking drugs.
Realizing that future of the area would be bleak, if the situation continued, she set up the school in only two rooms with 30 students and started teaching them with four other teachers. She was in a dilemma about the success of her effort but continued with perseverance and determination.
Her husband Zingnu Namchoom, present Namsai lawmaker, pitched in with support to arrange the land and construction of buildings for the school to expand. There are about 200+ students now with 17 teachers but the passed out students are not only in class-XII in various good schools but have turned messengers of the society.
“Namsai subdivision, then under Lohit district as an administrative unit headed by an ADC became a district on 25 November 2014, but there is hell and heaven difference between then and now. Many of my students have taken up various avenues, including small business outlets to earn to become self dependant, while drug addiction is almost a passé now”, she said with conviction.
Though all elected leaders including Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and deputy commissioner R K Sharma contributed immensely for Namsai to wear a new look, but the quality of education brought the much desired qualitative changes, she said, adding education is the panacea to all ill comforting the present generations.
“My school is known for going beyond the text books with committed teachers who impart moral education too that heralded attitudinal changes among the students and the rest followed,” she said to justify the common adage: ‘Where there is a will, there is way’.
When asked, lawmaker Namchoom quipped: ‘why don’t you find for yourself’? However, DC Sharma said that “most of the students related activities of state flagship programmes, particularly of health department, are conducted in this school as the school authorities are very cooperative and the school is with a difference for imparting quality education besides conducting number of co-curricular activities for personality development”.
When drug addiction has turned a menace in many districts of Arunachal Pradesh, Blooming Bird Public School or its founder Nang Sujata could well serve to be role model for others to emulate. Thus, it is for those who matter should take note and act for outcome of the school to benefit others.
I wish God speed to educationist Sujata for all her novel future endeavours!