School walls come alive with fun-learning graffiti

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HYDERABAD: Taking forward the concept of art for a cause, a group of professional artists from the city have joined hands to give government and aided schools in lower income areas of Hyderabad, a facelift.
Though captivating graffiti they are not only adding life and colour to the walls of these premises, but also motivating students to attend school.
“I studied in a government school in Tirupati, so my aim was to give back to society. Since I grew up to become a professional artist and this was the best way to do it,” said A Ramadevi, an artist, who started the initiative. She along with different artists’ groups have given a makeover to three government schools at NBT Nagar, Manikonda and Baghlingampally in the last year. These artists have brought the periodic table, the solar system, Math tables and the alphabet to life with their artwork.
“For these kids, school is the only open space they experience every day as their homes are crammed. So, bringing life to the drab and dull walls adds a lot of excitement to pursue education here,” added Rama.
These artists are either using personal funds or raising money through crowd sourcing among friends, for the paint and brushes.
Syed Zeeshan Ahmad, a central government employee who is also part of Urban Sketchers Hyderabad said that these efforts are helping in aiding the school with minor repairs and renovations. “Many times these schools do not have proper blackboards. Some even don’t have proper doors and windows. Our visits help in identifying all these issues and getting support to fix them. For instance, we have also undertaken some cement works at the Baghlingampally government aided school. Right now we are crowdsourcing to get a ply board fixed inside the premises,” he said.
The USK-Hyderabad team now hopes to do more such community outreach works and are identifying places. “This was a great opportunity to interact with kids through art and also spruce up the walls. We are now in process of doing this for the kids ward in Cancer hospital,” added M Ishak Ziaee, founder of USK Hyderabad.

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