Children in poverty make up 39% of the population, and most of these children do not receive the education because their parents cannot afford to send them to anything but private schools.
Access to education has always remained a longed for luxury for underprivileged children in our country. Every 3 minutes a speeding metro rail kicks up a din, but the children seated below the elevated tracks near the Yamuna Bank Metro Station in New Delhi carry on with their studies unperturbed. On the faces of children, one could see a steely resolve and determination to focus on their learning and not be distracted by the surroundings.
This informal ‘Under the Bridge School’ situated below the railway flyover is all about defying conventions.
The school has no building as it is located on the railway land. Children sit on the ground on the mats. There are a number of plastics and wooden chairs for the teachers, and a couple of steel trunks for keeping the attendance registers and school records. Coats of black paint on the boundary wall make up the blackboard.
Rajesh Kumar Sharma, the founder of the school, is a college dropout who owns a general store at Shakarpur.
About 200 kids from the nearby slums attend his school. The children are taught to read and write English, Hindi, Science, Maths, History, and Geography.
Even though the school does not follow any fixed syllabus and has no government approval, it still achieves the purpose of school, imparting education and building the confidence in children.
Knowledge is better when shared.
In this era its hard to find such big-hearted people because nobody has the time to look after the people who are less fortunate or are in a need of proper guidance.
Education is the most important key in everybody’s life.
Every citizen is entitled to it. A little help to them can bring a great change. Education is the biggest right and weapon for a kid: if they don’t have this then they are doomed for life.
The right to Education is a Fundamental Right DO NOT LET THIS RIGHT GET VIOLATED.