India is a land of villages; Indian census says 70 percent of the population live in villages. As of 2019, there’s a total of 664,369 villages, up from the 649,481 in the 2011 Census of India and the 638,365 recorded in the 2001 Census of India. Not every village in India is providing an education, many students have to go to another village or location to acquire knowledge. Government schools are not as good as the private ones but due to its cost many remain deprived. UMRAN, A Green Perspective has an objective to make education accessible to the deprived parts of villages in India where education is lacking. Umran’s vision is to spread education in the furthest part of the world where schooling can help bring change and development to society. UMRAN, leading multiple educational projects, has started its new venture in Akaunha Village, Jaynagar, Madhubani Bihar, India.
Bihar is one of the most backward regions today in India. Once, it used to be an educational, political and cultural center for the world but it has lost its glory of the old days. It is a root place where Indian philosophy developed and took shape into Buddhism, Jainism and other religious traditions. Nalanda used to be the house of one of the oldest universities that gave vision to the world. At Nalanda, the world’s first seat of higher learning, a university, was established during the Gupta period. It continued as a seat of learning till the middle ages, before the invaders burned it down.It is one of the causes behind all the education and philosophy that exists in India today.
Akaunha is a small village in Bihar, located on the border of India and Nepal with a total of 2000 households and 4000 children. The village used to be agriculturally developed giving residence to different cultures living together.The literacy rate in Akaunha village is below 20% and hence is the reason Umran has decided to work for the educational needs of the village and for the sake of the future of the children. Due to lack of education, children have started involving in illegal activities, which has impacted their education and lifestyle negatively.
Akaunha is a small village in Bihar, located on the border of India and Nepal with a total of 2000 households and 4000 children. The village used to be agriculturally developed giving residence to different cultures living together.The literacy rate in Akaunha village is below 20% and hence is the reason Umran has decided to work for the educational needs of the village and for the sake of the future of the children. Due to lack of education, children have started involving in illegal activities, which has impacted their education and lifestyle negatively. Akaunha village is in need of schooling as their only expedient for success. Umran has taken the step in the development of the only government school which has not been renovated since 1987 with little to no improvement. UMRAN initiated this project by doing a survey and this research work shows that there is only 1 primary school and two madarsa for the 4000 children most of which do not even attend it. The school itself has had only 2 teachers (at govt. school) since 1987 with little improvement. For the Akaunha education project 12 volunteers ( Md. Zuber, Pappu Yadav, Amit Kumar, Sadhu Das, Tousaif Raza, Dharmendar Kumar, Sanjeev Das, Dheeraj Kumar, Arvind Yadav, Govind Das, Parmod Kumar, Amit Thakur, R Sachin Kumar, Dr. Sanjeev Yadav & Jagat Lal Yadav) along with Sarpanch (Sri Dhanik Lal Yadav) & local hospital Hazari Prasad Lal Yadav Hospital of the village have decided to work for the educational development of the village. Pinkee Yadav, who is graduate in Geography and R Sachin Kumar, who is Bachelor in Computer Science coordinated and organized these passionate & educated youth of the village like Zuber & Dharmendar ( Btech in Electronic), Govind Das who is running a small Coaching center & Dr. Sanjeev Yadav who is Founder & Managing Director of the HPLY Hospital.
UMRAN wants to increase the educational percentile of the village, its inception is to build libraries for the children.This library is not just a common library, rather it will be philosophical or symbolic in a manner that it will communicate with human society. It will have four sections contributing to different educational needs; the first section will have story books for primary school children as well as the volunteers who would help children with their homework. The third section would be an art gallery and sales from paintings would be donated so they can become a better social citizen and contribute to local society. The fourth section is a café where there would be special discounts for the students and would be designed in a way to promote culture. UMRAN building SLY library, in the name of Sone Laal Yadav who promoted education, however, only his family could get good education in the region due to his cognizance and today his grandson Rajeev Kumar, Founder & Managing Director of UMRAN is trying to accomplish his vision in the region.The library is founded on the principles of his dream project, UMRAN Green School, which would be a sustainable and viable schooling system for the future generations.
Rajeev Kumar received an education from his father and grandfather. He attended Jawaharlal Nehru University for further Education. During this time, he also received a scholarship to visit Germany and other countries like Holland and Turkey. Later, he worked as a Project Manager at German Book publishing company. However, he wanted to study more and was able to procure a scholarship for İbn Haldun University, İstanbul Turkey. Now he is continuing his study in Istanbul and is a teaching assistant at the university. Alongside pursuing his career, he made his forefathers dreams come true by pursuing an Umran project where he and his team of volunteers are helping people from all over the world to get educated by means of opening libraries and providing online free language courses and internship programs which are fruitful in the long run for the educational goals. All of these educational programs lead to the accomplishment of the UMRAN Green School System which would be a practical project as well as reliable one.
UMRAN aims to create an enriched culture in the region which would change the generations for their own betterment and success. Through UMRAN and its volunteers the village would have a new perspective, a sense of purpose and a definitive culture. Umran aims to create such an educational system where individuals can learn with diversity and share the bond of their own culture in an amicable manner. Therefore, everyone is appealed to help build libraries in the region by providing or sending books to the address and by providing material and financial support. This library will bring a drastic change and a different perspective in perceiving life which will certainly inspire the neighbouring villages and will become a historical symbol of prosperity.