Rajaram - School teacher, Bus driver, Hero of kindness #WATWB

Science, Mathemathics and Physical Education (yes, all-in-one!) teacher Rajaram of Brahmavar taluk, Udupi faced a unique problem. His students were leaving school because their only means to reach there was through a 3 kilometer hike (one way) through dense forests.

Heroes of Kindness - When students could not reach the school, the science teacher Rajaram bought a bus and became their bus driver too


With the numbers falling steadily, the school faced closure threatening the future of the remaining children who were attending. Determined to do something, Rajaram convinced two former alumni of the Baarali Government Higher Primary School to buy the school a bus. But their troubles did not end there.

When students could not reach the school, the science teacher bought a bus and became their bus driver too


With the small salary of a government school teacher, Rajaram could not afford to pay a driver. That was when he hit upon a unique solution.

After getting the appropriate driving license, the 47 year old science teacher with over 24 years of teaching experience turned into a bus driver as well, picking up and dropping students to and from school.

  • He starts quite early in the morning and he completes four rounds of pick up services by 9.20 am, just in time so that he isn't late when school starts at 9.30. Even though it takes a huge toll on him, Rajaram uses his own money for the fuel and vehicle insurance. 
  • After that comes the main reason he does all this - to teach the children throughout the day. Lest you forget, that includes maths, science and physical education classes all by this one man.
  • And when it is all over in the evening, Rajaram drives the children back as well, making multiple trips.


Did Rajaram's unique initiative to keep students in school work out? 
Well, before the bus, students were leaving at an average of 5-6 every week. Since the pick up facility began, they have not only arrested the slump but increased attendance in the school from 50 to 90.

All because of a school teacher named Rajaram who went the extra mile (and more, literally!) to ensure his students had an education.

Heroes of Kindness - When students could not reach the school, the science teacher Rajaram bought a bus and became their bus driver too


Author's note:

For the last few years, I have been maintaining a list of real life Heroes of Kindness and Compassion from across the world. The aim, of course, is to restore faith in humanity for those who need it most.
This month, for the #MyFriendAlexa challenge, I will be showcasing local heroes from across the country who make a difference with their kindness. Yes, it is a Heroes of Kindness - Indian edition!
I am taking my Alexa rank to the next level with Blogchatter.


This post is also part of the We Are the World Blogfest, a monthly event to showcase stories of compassion. 
The idea is to spread positivity and light to counterbalance the negativity and darkness in social media. You can check their pages to find the list of feel-good stories written by bloggers from around the world.

The hosts for this month are Eric LahtiInderpreet UppalShilpa GargSylvia Stein and  Peter Nena 
  

7 Comments

  1. He doesn't just go an extra mile, he goes several thousand miles!

    Kudos to this man--is there a way we can fundraise for him to be able to employ a driver/ other teachers?

    Damyanti

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  2. Wow!This is truly hero material. Salute to him for his initiative and perseverance. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. An extraordinary individual! Thanks Roshan, Rajaram is a hero! All blessings to him - and thank you for this inspiring story.

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  4. That's really an inspiring story of a real man. Kudos to him for this great initiative. Wish if all of us do a little bit to help others like the way he is doing now

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  5. An inspiring piece, very well written! It’s impressive and humbling to hear about such individuals and here’s hoping their acts of kindness have ripple effects!

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  6. Fantastic post! Such a great initiative and shows how much Rajaram cares about his students. He is truly a hero! Thanks so much for sharing this and for being a part of #WATWB.

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  7. Your recently work was really good, and this is also amazing. I like it and I'll share it with my friends soon. They are also our art group members so they will also love these things....

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