National Geographic : 1956 Apr
579 + Ghodagaon's New School Moves Outdoors in Fair Weather Bastar District, which the authors vis ited, is part of Madhya Pradesh, a pro gressive State whose primary schools for aboriginal children have increased from 48 to 798 since 1948. People of Ghodagaon constructed this school building, first in the village's his tory. India's Government supplies a teacher, books, and slates (page 583). +-Intenton learning the Hindi alphabet, a first-grader at Ghodagaon rivets her eyes on the instructor. +-Boys from outlying villages attend the Agricultural Middle School in Bastar vil lage. When the institution opened, 30 pupils lived in this rough twig shelter; Bastar people donated 600 pounds of rice a month. Today the school boasts 140 students, who live in a large, well-built hostel. Still doing all the cooking and housekeeping, they cultivate 14 acres and maintain a poultry farm and fishery. Last year they produced 8,962 pounds of rice per acre, an all-time high in this region. A Bastar school team, competing in New Delhi, won the All-India folk dancing champion ship.