Founder of a free school for slum children Rajesh Kumar Sharma, second from right, and Laxmi Chandra, right, write on black boards, painted on a building wall, at a free school run under a metro bridge in New Delhi, India. At least 30 children living in the nearby slums have been receiving free education from this school for the last three years.
Indian man offers underprivileged children free education under a bridge
By Nadine Kalinauskas, Good News, Nov. 28, 2012 Rajesh Kumar Sharma, 40, offers a free education to New Delhi’s slum children under a metro bridge.
Over 30 local Indian children have been attending his open-air, dirt-floor school since it opened three years ago, NBC News reports.
Five days a week, for two hours a day, Sharma leaves his post at his general store–his brother fills in for him–to teach underprivileged children otherwise without access to schooling.
The father of three quit college due to financial limitations, and didn’t want other children to encounter the same situation. So he persuaded local labourers, rickshaw-pullers and farm hands to allow their children to attend his school and give them greater opportunities at overcoming their poverty.
Sharma teaches children at other locations, too. The Indian Express reports that he started teaching the basics to 140 students, prepping them for admission to government schools. Seventy of them are now in those government schools.
“They still come here everyday. I manage to keep them ahead of the school curriculum,” Sharma told the paper, adding that he allows children too young for classes to sit in on the teaching.
Rajesh Kumar Sharma ve Laxmi Chandra adlı iki güzel insan, gecekondu mahallelerinde okula verecek paraları olmayan çocuklara eğitim vermeye başlamışlar. Hem de bir köprü altında hem de siyaha boyadıkları köprü duvarını kullanarak.