Their prayer has not yet been answered. Teachers and the authorities hope the children will succeed where they have failed: in pressurising the local administration to sanction funds to buy stationery.
The school in the village of Brahampur has been without blackboards, chalk and pencils since it opened four years ago.
A project funded by the World Bank to improve the conditions of schools has made little progress. Teachers do not get paid regularly, resulting in large-scale absenteeism. A recent World Bank study found that half of India's 67 million children do not go to school.