Nearly 35% of the population in India is under the age of 15 and many of these children live in rural areas with limited access to proper education. It’s one of India’s greatest challenges to find effective solutions to such a problem that impacts society in a devastating way. Here is how two teachers found one of the most unexpected and creative solution for the widespread problem.
Rajesh Kumar Sharma was passing through an impoverished area of New Delhi one day when he noticed that many children were not attending school. They were wasting their time in childish activities while many others were forced by their parents to work from a young age. This was when Rajesh decided to begin teaching these children. For a classroom he used the space beneath a metro bridge. He painted a black space on the wall to use as a blackboard and instead of desks the pupils sat on a thorn rug. Rajesh has a daily job as a general store clerk but for two hours everyday his brother replaces him, so Rajesh could go and teach the underprivileged children. In his efforts Rajesh is assissted by a tuition teacher named Laxmi Chandra who is also devoted to the cause of improving the young children’s lives.
In less than a year Rajesh and Laxmi were able to prepare more than 70 young children from the streets of New Delhi for government schools.