Train dream on classroom wall

Tribal-dominated Malkangiri district is yet to get railway connection, but a nine-decade-old government school in the district has got its classroom walls painted as a train and is grabbing a lot of eyeballs.

By Our Correspondent in Koraput
  • Published 11.09.18
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The big picture: Paintings on the classroom walls at the government nodal upper primary school in Malkagniri district. Telegraph picture 

Koraput: Tribal-dominated Malkangiri district is yet to get railway connection, but a nine-decade-old government school in the district has got its classroom walls painted as a train and is grabbing a lot of eyeballs.

Until a month ago, the government nodal upper primary school in the district headquarters town of Malkagniri was like any other government school, but it got a new lease of life after it was included under the "building as learning aid" (Bala) scheme of the state government.

Under the scheme, school walls have been brightened up with various learning objects, but what attracts most is the painting of train on the walls of the school. "When it was decided to convert the school walls as learning aid for students, we were not happy with just normal painting but wanted something informative, beautiful and attractive," said Prakash Chandra Nayak, headmaster of the school.

Sukant Sahu, a teacher of the school, said, as over 90 per cent of students were yet to see a train, it was decided to paint the classrooms as train bogies and was named "Malyabanta Express". Painted in blue, windows and door handles have been drawn to give it the look of a bogie. "I have never seen train. However, after seeing the painting of a train on our classroom wall, I could get an idea how a train looks like. It's very beautiful," said Ram Chandra Khemendu, of Janbai under Chitrakonda block, who studies in Class VII.

Established in 1928, the school with Classes from I to VIII has 620 students and 13 teachers. Not only the painting provides a preliminary idea of a train to the students, but also it is attracting the attention of outsiders who flock to the school to take pictures in front of the "bogie".

Apart from the train motif, walls of the school have paintings on national integration, Swachh Bharat Abhijan and various festivals.

"I have not seen such a beautiful and child-centric school in the government set-up. It's really an eye-opening experience," said Loknath Paricha, a Malkangiri resident.