Saswat Singhdeo

Sambalpur: In a unique campaign, student volunteers of different universities are teaching school students under the ‘Teach for Sambalpur’ campaign in the district.

The initiative has been started at Budharaja nodal high school where volunteers are teaching students for free.

“We really liked the way student volunteers taught us and we learnt a lot from it,” a student Laxmikant Jena said.

Student-turned-teacher Rinku Meher said,“At my own will I am here to teach students. It was completely a new experience for me as I got a chance to share my knowledge with students.”

While this initiative is being seen as a major step ahead of the matriculation examinations next year, this programme is currently going on in 40 schools of Maneswar and Dhankauda

“We had arranged a special class for 35 students of Class IX and 43 students of X. These classes will be conducted on off days as well,” Headmaster of Budharaja High School Jashobant Sahu said.

On the other hand, Sambalpur collector Samarth Verma said that the program has received a good response till now.

“We have started the programme using 100 volunteers from IIM, GM University, VSSUT and some other colleges. The response has been pretty well till now,” Verma said.

“I am expecting more volunteers to become a part of this programme,” Verma added.

According to sources, the program will be expanded to other blocks of Sambalpur district as well.