The village of Pakoti acquires a library


SEPPA, August 3: Children in the remote Pakoti village in East Kameng celebrated freedom from ignorance 14 days before the nation marks its Independence Day on August 15, when the village got its first library on Monday.

The library, which has 545 books, including fiction and non-fiction, was inaugurated by East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Pravimal Abhishek Polumatla at Pakoti Government Secondary School, located about 8 kilometers from the city of Seppa. The school also has a well-furnished children’s playroom.

DC Polutmala praised Pakoti villagers for the library and playroom and said the new asset is a perfect result of “Jan Bhagidari”. He urged people in other parts of the district to emulate similar initiatives for the overall development of the education scenario.

Villagers, PRI leaders, school administration and students all praised circle officer Pooza Sonam for the facelift.

Pakoti Government Secondary School established in 1979 as a primary school, converted to a middle school in 1986 and then a secondary school in 2008, was without a school library like any other government school in the district, while a playroom is still a alien concept.

Sonam said the idea for the library and playroom came to her after she stopped at a community library run by an NGO, Garung Thuk, while visiting Shergaon last year.

“When the DC provided funds from its unrelated fund to each circle officer and asked us to do something in our own jurisdiction, in my mind, I only had a library and a game room for the rural children,” Sonam said.

After exhausting the fund to renovate the ten-year-old school building, she stepped up for crowdfunding. To his surprise, many, including alumni and NGO representatives, rushed to support the worthy cause with furniture, books and other equipment.

She put herself at the service of the well-known local artist Jacky Bodo who embellished the two rooms, and now it can be used as a conference room for trainings and seminars.

Sonam says nothing can bring more peace than seeing the school’s 106 students improve their reading habits and gain knowledge at the library.

Class X student Adang Tallang, who never thought a well-furnished library and playroom would come to her school, praised the “CO Madame” for the initiative, while her Batch mate Nanung Sangdo hoped the circle officer would also solve the water scarcity at the earliest.

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