Odisha Government’s Mo School Abhiyan Enrolls Over 33,000 Schools
The Odisha government’s ambitious Mo School program has witnessed over 33,000 schools jumping onto the bandwagon. This statistic was shared at the 24th Executive Council Meeting of the Mo School Abhiyan held in Bhubaneswar, under the chairmanship of the School and Mass Education Secretary Satyabrata Sahu.
Mo School is an initiative that aims to create a platform for people to connect, collaborate and contribute to revamping the government and government-aided schools in Odisha. First conceptualised in 2017 by Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik, the initiative is a pioneering effort – a model example of a citizen-government partnership – to enable alumni and other well-wishers to contribute to the growth of their alma maters.
So far, over 5.6 lakh alumni have been associated with the campaign. In March, over 36,000 new alumni members registered, and around Rs. 5.2 crores were collected from them for the development of their schools. On account of the pandemic, the latest meeting was conducted via virtual mode.
The board has approved projects worth Rs 121.26 crore in 24 districts. The alumni contributed Rs 1.77 crore in Balasore, Rs 53.54 lakh in Cuttack, Rs 36.33 lakh in Bhadrak, Rs 33.18 lakh in Angul and Rs 18.54 lakh in Bargarh. Furthermore, various CSR funds have also been mobilised for the purpose, totalling a sum of Rs 35.55 crores. Balasore has received the highest amount of donations for the Mo School campaign for the fifth time in a row.
Schools that receive funds under the Mo School Abhiyan have been instructed to complete the projects on time and share update reports with the department. So far, about 1380 individuals have expressed their interest in adopting schools based in the state. To further the agenda, the government will organise virtual meetings on its School Adoption Program across the state on May 10.