The government-run Ashokapuram Primary School Karnataka, India, noticed that attendance was falling. School staff suspected it was due to a lack of properly permanent school buildings. So they teamed up with South Western Railways company.
They purchased two passenger cars unfit for railroad use for $915. They upgraded the carriages to include stairways, brightly painted exteriors, desks, fans, lights, and colorful drawings on the walls.
The school now has 60 students in grades 1-7. Many families come from below the poverty line. The new classrooms have attracted a new batch of students to attend regularly, and attendance is up again thanks to the inviting classrooms.