Siribeda, a remote village in the dense forest areas of Gupteswar in Boipariguda block of the district, is proud of its children of Durua community in the last few months .
While these children primarily play local games, their shift towards hockey was made possible for the policy adopted by the village school in exposing the children to various games and sports.
The school, even though managed by the State Department of School and Mass Education, the only difference is that it has Kulamani Jena, teacher, who was striving to change the situation for the better.
Mr. Jena and his wife have now almost become members of the community in realising the inherent potential among children.
For children, who were mostly the first generation learners and whose families largely lived on the forest and its products, books and classrooms would not have become any centre of attraction if they were not been embedded with sports and games.
No one knew who could go how long with which sport or gets the optimum interest in which type of game .
However, Mr. Jena took up it a challenge. Children were exposed to various indoor and outdoor games in the school. In the process, the school has acquired a cricket kit, football, volleyball, badminton rackets and so on.
However, miracle has happened when the teacher brought two hockey sticks and some literature on the game. Children were so excited and they had made up their mind to make it their most favoured sport. As if they have got something they were waiting for generations, they began searching material for proper sticks along with their parents.
At last children have found the dried bamboo plants as their solution. The bamboo at the bottom with its bend served the purpose and the school have got the required number of hockey sticks to play.
Children were shown the pictures of players of repute and the events they played at regular intervals. They are thrilled to see the possibilities in learning through such innovations and gradually it has become easier to attract the children to be in the school.
For children books and classrooms would not have become any centre of attraction if they are not encouraged in sports and games.