GUWAHATI, Oct 9 - In a goodwill gesture from successful Assamese NRIs in the USA and Canada, the Assam Foundation of North America (AFNA), with support from the Mayor of Plainsboro, New Jersey, USA, (neighbouring Princeton University), is organising a five-km fund-raising marathon at Morris Davison Park, Plainsboro Township, New Jersey, on November 3.
Akshar Foundation is the Assam-based education NGO that recently made headlines around the world for the innovative policy of �Plastic School Fees�, whereby students are required to submit household plastic wastes to the school�s recycling centre on a weekly basis.
Recently on October 4, Round Table India and Ladies Circle India broke ground on their donation of a brand new school building to Akshar Foundation. Round Table India and Ladies Circle India hosted a foundation stone-laying ceremony for the new 12-classroom school building they are constructing at Akshar Forum.
The ceremony was guided by Shaket Adukia, chairperson of Guwahati Round Table 239, and Vandana Agarwal of Guwahati Ladies Circle 159. The foundation stone was laid by the guest of honour, Ramendra Narayan Kalita, MLA of Guwahati (West), at the Akshar Forum school campus in village Pamohi near Garchuk. The donation will allow the Akshar to recruit hundreds more underprivileged students, to train them for board examinations, as well as teach them how to run a sustainable business and clean up the environment.
Akshar is teaming up with Round Table India, whose motto is �Freedom through Education�, to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, educate one billion Indians, and help India fulfil its potential as the greatest democracy on the globe. Akshar accelerates learning and eliminates dropouts by employing older children in school, as teachers and development workers, to improve their own communities in accordance with Gandhian teachings.
Parmita Sarma, co-founder and principal of Akshar recently received the prestigious New Indian Express �Devi Award� from Union Minister Smriti Irani. Akshar Forum Guwahati also recently received �The Caring Mind Award for A School That Cares� at the Telegraph School Awards for Excellence 2019. Two of Akshar�s outstanding teachers, proudly representing the village of Pamohi, Gitamoni Tumung and Gitika Rangshal were awarded �Teachers Par Excellence at the International Institute of Hotel Management Teacher�s Day Awards 2019.