In the village of Bharti, the youngest student was only four-years-old when the school opened.
But the teacher who started the school in the village was a man of exceptional skill, a father of three who used to help the family with hunting.
“He taught me about all kinds of things like the hunting and fishing and also hunting with the bow,” says the girl.
“In the morning I would go with my brother and my cousins to hunt and fish with our father,” she adds.
The education system in Bhartis school has a long tradition, with the youngest students receiving a book about hunting and its customs from the elder brother, who also teaches.
“There are several books, including a history book and a children’s book,” says Anjan.
The children also receive a video lesson from the older brother.
“They learn to bow, shoot, trap and fish,” says Mr. Anjan, who is also a hunter himself.
The older brother also teaches the younger children the ropes.
“Our father was a hunter, so we also learnt how to hunt,” says a 12-year-old boy.
Mr. Anijan, a retired hunter and a hunter who works as a labourer, was one of the first teachers at the school.
“I was there for four years and then I was told by the elder brothers that I had to resign from the job,” he says.
The teacher then asked the eldest brother to continue teaching.
“The younger brothers came and did the teaching and it was like they were taking the responsibility for me,” says this teacher.
“It was a great honour for me to teach at the hunter education school.
I had taught in other schools and never expected to do it,” says another teacher.
“When the village is still in mourning for our grandfathers, the Hunter Education School will teach our children about the hunters life.
We are not afraid to teach the youngsters about hunting,” says Ms. Bishnu, the school’s principal.
The school’s enrolment rate is high, with almost 50 students enrolled in the school each day.
The student enrolments are a reflection of the high-quality of the education.
The majority of the students come from the village, with a few from other parts of the state.
In the past, some of the younger students have gone to school in neighbouring villages.
“We have a class of nine-year olds in the class,” says Bishnugam, the principal.
She also says the school is doing well.
“School has been an issue that has been going on in the community for the last three years.
Now the people are looking forward to the students coming back to the village,” she says.
The school has also provided a lot of support for the students.
“Even today, the students go to school and do their homework,” says Mrs. Anjana, the teacher.