Hardly one child in a million is ambidextrous and can write with both hands. But in a school in a village in Singrauli district, hundreds of them have mastered using both to write.
All students of Veena Vandini School in Budhela village, which runs till Class VIII, can write with both hands.
It is located in a remote area, 15 km from Budhela village. Most students are Dalits and tribals here. There are around 300 students in the school, of which 200 can fluently write with both hands. Other students are being trained.
It was set up by a former soldier, VP Sharma, on July 8, 1999.
“I was travelling in a bus when I read in a magazine that President Rajendra Prasad would write with both hands. This inspired me to try it. Later, when I launched my school at my native village, I tried training the students,” said Sharma.
“We began training students from class 1 and by the time they reach class 3, they were comfortable with both hands. Students of class 7 and 8 can write with speed and accuracy. Further, they can write two scripts simultaneously, one with each hand,” he said.
Fifteen minutes in each period of 45 minutes duration are devoted to writing practice.
“Students also know several languages, including Urdu,” Sharma said. It was basically the ability to simultaneously write in two different scripts that drew South Korean researchers to my school around two years ago,” he said.
They did an extensive study on students’ ability to concentrate on writing, Sharma claimed.