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School takes care of children while parents go fishing

T. Appala Naidu
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The State-run school at Gullalamoda is now a temporary home to 67 children

Home away from home:Children whose parents left them at home before going on a fishing voyage, having meals at a government school-cum-hostel at Gullalamoda in Nagayalanka, Krishna district.
Home away from home:Children whose parents left them at home before going on a fishing voyage, having meals at a government school-cum-hostel at Gullalamoda in Nagayalanka, Krishna district.

Unlike other people in society, the day starts in the evening for hundreds of traditional fisherfolk in Diviseema. The livelihood activity is forcing them to leave their children at home for a long time.

Promising personal care and education for these children, district administration has turned the government upper primary school, Gullalamoda, into a seasonal hostel, like many other across the district.

The school, having a total strength of 100 students, is now a temporary home for 67 children, who sleep there at night, and are provided timely nutrient food thrice a day in the absence of care from their parents, said the school teacher N.N. Swami.

A total of 450 families engaged in fishing in Gollalamoda village and the children spend time alone at home or are handed over to their neighbours till the couples return home safe from fishing. Most of the families in the island depend on Bay of Bengal, instead of fishing in the Krishna. “Wives accompanying husbands during sailing is a common sight in our villages,” said Gullalamoda village former sarpanch V. Venkateswara Rao. A student of Class VII Ravi Chandra puts it this way, “My mother and father normally go fishing for a few days, leaving me to manage every need at home. I am happy to spend time with other children at the school.” Group fishing in Krishna delta villages is believed a rare case. The girls and boys are also allotted separate classrooms for sleeping. “We started the seasonal concept in the village in July 2012 and it is going well so far,” said Mr. Swami.


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