Govt teacher gets on a horse to check dropout rate in Rajouri village

A national-awardee government teacher has once again won attention as well as acclaim with his innovative way to check dropout rate among students and launch education awareness drive in Narla village of Rajaouri district.

He chose a horse to reach out to his students as well their parents to create awareness. On Friday, he, riding a horse, launched his innovative awareness campaign in the village to make people aware about the benefits of education and motivating them to enrol school dropouts in schools especially the girl child.

Harnam Jamwal, posted in Government Middle School Padder in Narla village, while talking to Greater Kashmir, said, “My efforts aim at creating awareness among the masses about the importance of education and thus encouraging them to enrol their wards in schools.”

His school falls under Khawas education zone of Rajouri district. “I used to make people aware in the past as well but this time I decided to do something different in order to seek the attention of students dropping out of the school,” Harnam told Greater Kashmir.

He added that a horse was tied in front of his house and thus the idea struck his mind.

“I decided to ride a horse, took the loudspeaker in my hand and started to take a round in the village.” said Harnam.

“Even I was not expecting this much response.” he said, adding that his efforts won the attention of masses and people were listening to his words carefully.

“I am very much hopeful that my efforts will make people understand the value of education and school dropouts will be enrolled yet again,” he further said. Harnam Jamwal was awarded as the best teacher and innovator by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development in 2019. He was also awarded twice as the best teacher by Director School Education Jammu in 2018 and 2019.

In 2020, he was awarded by Tehsildar Khawas for best performance in COVID-19 duties. He was again felicitated by Deputy Commissioner Rajouri on the occasion of Republic Day 2021. He also donated his one month full salary in the PM Cares Fund during lockdown drawing widespread appreciation. Harnam had also handed over his personal vehicle to the district administration Reasi to use it as an ambulance for providing health facilities to the patients and medical staff during lockdown.

The teacher in past years had donated his four kanals of  registered land in the name of school as well as for playground and kitchen garden.