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India’s school under the bridge

India’s school under the bridge

For several years Rajesh Kumar Sharma has left his brother to mind his shop in New Delhi and for three hours every morning he teaches children from some of India’s poorest slums for free.

The school isn’t much – some mats underneath a bridge, a patch of concrete for a white board – but it’s giving some 50 odd children pride and opportunity that they might not have had otherwise.

While India passed a Right to Education act in 2009, meaning free education for all children aged 6-14, the children attending the School Underneath the Bridge’ would not be able to attend these schools – because of the necessity to work to earn money for their families, lack of opportunity or lack of basic skills that would mean that they would struggle with curriculum.

However the tireless Mr. Sharma has had success stories, with some of his students gaining acceptance into “proper” schools, and the children having the chance at a better life than their parents had. As he told The Sydney Morning Herald, he has procured uniforms for the children so that they feel like “proper pupils” and he is resolute in his mission.

“If you are human, you have to do more, you have to help those who have nothing. Now they are more supportive,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“Our teacher has told us that when poverty strikes, you should open your mind, and that can be done only through education,” Abhishek, 15, a student of Sharma’s told the Indian Express    in 2012.

You can find out more about the School Underneath the Bridge on their Facebook page. All images via Facebook.

 

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