Three months. That’s how long it took us at the Anekal cluster to develop a Cluster Resource Centre – one that teachers could leverage for meetings, collaborating on ideas, hosting innovative teaching-learning material and more. The need for a CRC here was urgent because our work wouldn’t take shape without it. How would we be able to bring teachers together? The question haunted us.
Challenges came at us on different levels as we tried to secure a room to convert it into a CRC. Typically, this room is found in one government school in the cluster. In most cases, CRCs are converted from obsolete storage rooms in these schools.
However, the difficulty in Anekal was unique. No school had a single room to spare! Multiple visits to all 11 schools in the cluster went in vain despite us approaching school leaders and officials. Even though stakeholders did offer to help, the lack of a single room made it almost impossible to get started with field operations here.
Disappointment knew no bounds as we spent the three very difficult months trying to fight for a room from where we could begin our journey to enable quality education in the cluster.
A blessing in disguise
The Block Resource Coordinator, Mr. Shankar Murthy who was by now aware of the work MANTRA was doing in three other clusters – Dommasandra, Chandapura, and Hennagara offered to help us with a letter to the Block Education Officer of Anekal.
In no time, the BEO directed us to a Government Pre-University College where we were given a room in the ITI block. By this time, the Cluster Resource Person offered to help us set up the Centre so we could soon inaugurate it through our flagship event – Samuha Sambhrama.
The biggest lesson we learned through this process is that in the development sector, nothing comes easy. However, there’s always room for a little more patience and a lot more perseverance which undoubtedly bears the fruit of success.
By Annapurna Marata, Team Dommasandra, Cluster Transformation Project, Mantra4Change