This was a scenario unheard of in the past eras but not so the case now as the students march ahead with lots of airs about themselves!
This was an unexpected scenario decades back but not so the case now as the girls and other students on the LOC want to steam ahead with changing times!
‘Students in Pine Wood Public School hail from remote areas of Bharoti, Dharati, Balakote, Dhargloon and Bhimber Gali Panchayats. Community classes are held in Basooni School for local children who do not have any mobile facilities during covid-19 outrage . And thus the magnum opus of education rolls on. The plot and the theme is simple. Whatever the obstacle, you can overcome it and achieve success as long as you just keep moving forward. The children are doing exactly that’
-‘With times many things have changed in the Bhimber Gali sector especially so the new kids are off the blocks and the reason for that is the awareness that has come with the changing times. Years back it was not so the case as the flames of fury had shredded apart life in this part of the planet and there was no good hope on the horizon, people felt tired and exhausted as terror had pummeled them into the dungeons of despair. But one thing was certain, there were men of virtue who knew what had to be done as far as the populace went. They were not hostile but definitely had been psyched out by the fear psychosis that had engulfed the environment. Emerging from that had to be difficult but not impossible but when the blizzard of knowledge was unleashed at an unprecedented velocity things definitely began changing the mindset of the people and especially so the female fraternity. They wanted to do something which was not possible in the tight atmosphere of those times but they knew that something had been written for them and their future and that was, accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down. Along with it also written as a corollary was, life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey. For sure the journey of thousands of miles had been undertaken that had only one destination and that was success and only success. Many girls and other kids have already attained that in plenty’
No schools, no teachers and no education was the kind of scenario that persisted back in the mid nineties of the last century. It was not that the kids did not want to study, they definitely wanted to, it was not that the teachers did not want to teach, they were more than eager to do so but the winds were hot and carried an assortment of fears along with them. The parents were not sure which way they had to be inclined. The demons with their rifles and other murder implements were on the stalk and anyone who showed any resistance against their dictates had only way to look and there moved the terror of a wretched death. Girls had been subdued to such an extent that they had no voice left in them. But soon the Indian Army realized that it could not continue this way and there was only one way to lift these lifeless beings to stand on their own and then keep moving ahead. That was to load them with knowledge. The start was difficult but then when it picked up acceleration the speed was phenomenal. The crusade of education had begun and the writing on the black board now was, what’s done is done. What’s gone is gone. One of life’s lessons is always moving on. It’s okay to look back to see how far you’ve come but keep moving forward. The girls and students have not looked behind since then and they have vowed never ever to do so.
Bhimber Gali Brigade has done something that could have never been done given the menace prevailing in those days. Schools restarted and the students rolled in from everywhere, the parents began taking interest, the keenness to learn more increased, books arrived, so did the extra classes and expansive educational tours and interaction with other children of the nation. The impact was a resounding one as the valleys, slopes, gully’s echoed with new music which was soothing to the ears. The confidence was back amongst the kids, the smiles on the beautiful faces were back and the shine of the white enamel glittered as never before. The fashion too made its grand stand entry into the places where once it was a detested thing. The cat walk in the hills with designer suits, palazzos, shararas, long gowns, jeans, caps and other fashionable assortments to go with them too were back but more importantly were the books in the bags or in the hands. Suddenly on the LOC the atmosphere was of a college campus. What was needed now was real campus life and that too was provided with the Pine Wood Public School coming with top grade educational facilities. This was the real breakthrough for the students. They wanted the same desperately and never had they ever thought that such a magnificent facility would be up there right in their backyard. Real change is difficult at the beginning. Without the familiar to rely upon, you may not be in as much command as you had once been. When things are not going your way, you will start doubting yourself. Stay positive, keep the faith, and keep moving forward. Your breakthrough may be just around the corner. This is what the school teaches and take a breath, it definitely turned corners for many students here in BG Sector/Mendhar.
It is the pathogen that is calling the shots at the moment and the classes are off and the school is closed but the educational show continues via the mode of online classes and extra studies with classes being conducted in virtual bubbles. The idea is that the flow of knowledge should not stop. The best part is that the students want it but are more than eager to rush into the school for studies because like other students elsewhere, they too want more of the student teacher interaction which they are missing. They have realized that there is only one way to get on with life and that is never give up hope. All things are working for your good. One day, you’ll look back on everything you’ve been through and thank God for it.
The school has churned out some sheer brilliance and there is every reason to believe that the standards set will never ever fall because up there sits BG Brigade and it’s not going to go anywhere. Yes the top men, officers and the men would keep changing as it does in the military routine but the legacies set will continue to remain the same. If anything that would happen it would be just adding on the chapters of this voluminous book of the Pine Wood Public School!
I will end this one with a small incident that took place in the slopes of Manjakote very long back as you descend down from Kanga Gali. Sameena couldn’t resist reaching out to brush away the tear that had now reached her chin. She was in class six but the school was closed, perhaps for that moment of time. I asked her mother why she was crying? The reply was that she wanted to go to school but cannot, every morning she gets up, does her morning routine and gets into the school dress only to be disappointed’. I could not have done anything but what I could I did. After three days we carried children’s books, notebooks and pencils for her. Gleefully she accepted that. Finally the schools did open after a month or so and the kid had a renewed bounce in her and there were no tears. I had realized it there and then, ‘terror or no terror these kids wanted to study’. See now the education express is steaming ahead and the pace is full on!
Start where you left off and do what you can with what you have left, just forget it Regret never moves a man forward because the world is not interested in the difficulties you face. You must learn to pursue excellence and show remarkable resilience no matter the circumstances. That is precisely what the Pine Wood Public School spreads to the future pillars here! The best thing is that the students listen!