EKLAVYA science teaching organisation has become very popular. The children and teachers both now understand the scientific principles they are studying much better.
Being a botanist by initial training Swapanda has been studying the flora in the forest that has been protected by the villagers of Kakrana nearby. One day he went on a long tour of the hilly forest along with his young friends underestimating the vast area and the hilly terrain. He somehow made it back but that has not deterred him from planning more visits.
He has also started a new garden in front of the guest house. Here is what he has to say about it - "The children of the Kakrana primary school- Rani Kajal Jeevan Shala- grew the saplings from the seeds in trays with cocopit. They also made the garden. We got the soil from the Narmada river bank because the land is devoid of nutrients. Since cattle are let loose by the villagers they are a nuisance for unguarded farming and gardening. So a bamboo fence was made by Gulab and Dhani, who work for the school. "
The tending of the garden, the reading of books from the library, doing experiments in the laboratory and studying the textbooks all takes place together in a happy multi-tasking mode of pedagogy that has galvanised the learning experience in the school.
Swapanda is the best thing that could have happened to the school in Kakrana. He is a veritable dynamo despite his advanced age of seventy plus. He says that the clean environment and the simple food of Kakrana has solved many of his health problems like constipation, respiratory afflictions and hyper tension and he is much fitter than he was in Indore earlier.