In remote mountains like Uttarey, number of schools are very limited and as a result, it’s not a very easy for children to achieve proper education. Children have to walk miles to go to a school daily through rough hilly roads. But these difficulties cant stop them to be educated and most of the people there is highly educated and well established today.
In search of a school, I visited a Primary school (Som Busty Primary School) at Dentam which is almost ten kilometers down the hill from Uttarey. I spent a day with the children in the school and enjoyed their cultural dance show at the end. Som Busty Primary School was established in the year 1984.
The school is mainly for Limboo children though children from other communities also come to study there. Currently there are 68 students and 7 staffs. It was all the effort of only those 7 staffs to bring the school to this level and in the year 2012, it was awarded the “Best Greenery Award”. Uniforms, books, shoes and even mid day meals are provided to the children so that they can bring and educate more number of children. Once in a year a free health check up is organized by the school management for the children. Sports like table tennis and other facilities are also available to entertain the students.
At the end of the day, students performed the famous dance called Chabrubg Dance. This dance style has become very famous as they are promoting it by performing in different parts of our country. The students performed this beautiful Limboo traditional dance style in Delhi, Chennai, Gangtok, Patna, Nepal and more over it was broadcasted in Local TV channels as well.
Proper knowledge about Ancient crafts, religions and cultures are shared to the students at Som Primary School. This school located amidst the hills of Sikkim, makes a good effort to uphold the culture and the importance of education among the people of this land.
About Anish Ghosh
I am a Kolkata based amateur photographer and doing photography since last 1.5 years. By profession I am an IT specialist and by Passion I do photography. Street photography is the place where my main interest lies. But I love to take creative and artistic portraits and story based photography series on a particular subject. I love to travel a lot and get to know different cultures and people and take photos of them too. Currently I am using Nikon D7000 and 18-105mm Kit lens.
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