Ramakrishna Sarada Mission, Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh
The Ramakrishna Sarada Mission has been educating tribal girls in Arunachal Pradesh for the last 37 years, ever since 1973 with its school in Khonsa, a remote corner of the district of Tirap. The Khonsa school is now a premier quality educational institution, highly prized by the State. It is especially rewarding that so many tribal girls educated in the school have become well established in different abilities, an asset to their communities capable of solving social problems, and eager to serve their Motherland.
The success of the Khonsa school prompted requests from all over Arunachal Pradesh for the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission to develop similar schools in their other districts.
In 2007, the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission finally accepted the earnest invitation of the people of Dirang and their local MLAs and Ministers, to run a school in their district. There are nearly 420 villages in West Kameng and Tawang, mainly inhabited by the Monpa tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. As this locality is a border state with a low female rate, creating awareness of the need for women’s education will have a large social impact.
The Monpa tribal children, and especially the girls, will not only improve their own living conditions but will raise future generations with the values and motivation to put a proud smile on the face of our nation. India’s patriotic prophet Swami Vivekananda laid great emphasis on the education of women as a key factor in uplifting the masses and building a new India.
The new Dirang project was launched in February 2008 by the Chief Minister himself in the presence of the leading Monpas of the district. Ten acres of land were donated on the bank of the Kyamani River about 15 km from the Dirang Township.
Three years down the line a few buildings have come up, though much more needs to be done. The dedicated efforts of a few sincere people have made the construction a reality so far in the face of innumerable hurdles. Without their help this project would still be a dream. DoNER of the Central Ministry has provided funds for the construction of the school, the hostel, and several other buildings. The infrastructure is well underway, and requests are already being received for the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission to open the school this year.
Arunachal Pradesh, although famous for its scenic beauty, is still not a well-
developed State and it lacks a stable economy. It will not be possible to sustain this
project with State funds alone. This challenging project in the far Northeast, whichshares its borders with China and Bhutan, has fostered an overwhelming response
from the general public all over India. What is needed now is the active cooperation
and collaboration from interested organizations throughout our country.
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