Educational Irony: Underprivileged Kids Receive The Gift Of Free School From A College Drop Out
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The sound of the Metrorail train does not dampen the little hearts that are determined to learn in the free school run by Rajesh Kumar. The school runs under a bridge near Yamuna Bank Metro Station in New Delhi. This selfless contribution to educate the poorest children in New Delhi has made Kumar one of the unsung heroes in this part of the world.
Rajesh Kumar is a 40-year old father of three who works at a general store in Shakarpur. He has been sacrificing two hours each day of the week to teach the kids under the bridge. His brother helps out at the store when he is away.
“Rajesh Kumar is a 40-year old father of three who works at a general store in Shakarpur. He has been sacrificing two hours each day of the week to teach the kids under the bridge.”
This Indian man is a college dropout who could not go past his third year due to financial difficulties. This motivated him to start a free school in a bid to help the young children, so they would not face the same problems that he faced. As told by Huffington Post, Kumar found that most of the children from the underprivileged families spent all their time playing or working in the fields. He persuaded the children’s parents to allow him to teach the children in his free school. He hoped that education would unchain them from the shackles of poverty.
The school is attended by about 200 children from the nearby slums, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. There are no desks, and the children sit on ground mats. There are a few chairs for teachers and black marks as class boundaries and blackboards.
As reported by The Weekend Leader, the children are taught the basics of reading and writing, Hindi, English, mathematics, science, geography, and history. The school does not follow a fixed syllabus but has succeeded in creating confidence and interest in education among children and their parents. The children are encouraged to seek formal education to enjoy more opportunities.
Kumar has shown that a little effort towards achieving a common good can bring about impressive results. Many people are now supporting his initiative by teaching for free or donating stationery, footwear, and other items.