A village in Potka block of Jharkhand’s East Singhbhum district is setting a whole new example in promoting girls’ education. Actually, Juri – a village (150 km south of state capital Ranchi), has initiated an unusual practice to encourage education among girls by naming lanes after them.
Under this initiative, Sumita Bhattacharya was the first girl to be picked by the village’s women’s committee. A Sumita Bhattacharya Gali (lane) was devoted to her as the 23-year-old turns up to be the most educated girls in the village.
Notably, the village with more than 600 families has no high school and kids are forced to travel 3km to reach a school and 30 km for college. There is just one government middle school where five teachers teach over 300 students.
“I had never expected that any lane would be dedicated after my name as I have done nothing remarkable for the society so far. But the act gave me immense encouragement and confidence for my higher education,” said Bhattacharya, who is pursuing a master’s degree in history from Women’s College in Jamshedpur as per a report in HT.
Significantly, regardless of many obstacles, the village has higher literacy rate. In fact, the literacy rate in the village is 68.39 per cent compared to state average of 66.41 per cent as per the 2011 census. The male literacy rate stands at 79.46 per cent against the state average of 76.84 per cent. On the other hand, the female literate rate is 57.26 per cent against the state average of 55.42 per cent.
After Bhattacharya, several other educated girls were chosen by the committee for naming streets after them. “Our objective is to encourage the girls for education. We hope this village will turn as a model village for other parts of the state,” village mukhiya (head) Savitri Sardar said.