Teacher’s tweets help Bengaluru school raise Rs 6.5 lakh | Bengaluru News – Times of India
Elite English High School in Neelasandra
BENGALURU: A school facing a financial crisis has raised Rs 6.5 lakh in just two days after a teacher made an emotional appeal for help on Twitter.
Children from economically weaker sections of society are enrolled in Elite English High School, Neelasandra. Many parents have not been able to pay fees regularly and as a result, the school has struggled to release staff salaries. The school’s 14 employees, in fact, have not been paid since June last year.
On January 17, Teach For India fellow Shreyasi Rao, who works at the school, posted a series of tweets with a crowdfunding link, urging people to help out. “My colleagues and I are trying to raise funds to cover about six months’ worth of pay for teachers and running costs to keep education free for all students. Amounts as little as Rs 100 could go a long way,” she wrote. Shreyasi, 21, explained that parents of most students had lost their jobs and cannot afford to pay even Rs 5,000 for admission. The tweets went viral on January 19 and the teachers achieved their target of collecting Rs 6.5 lakh.
Shreyasi said that despite issues, teachers were working hard to ensure students didn’t drop out. “We worked beyond school timings whenever these kids had access to smartphones,” she said.
Sakline Abbas, the principal, said this was the first time in 20 years that the school, was facing such a crisis. “We never faced difficulties before the pandemic Through the Milaap Fundraising platform, I am glad that we have support to sustain ourselves till June,” Abbas said, adding that the attendance at the school was around 45 per cent.