An Unusual School In India – Truly Inspiring !

school-5It is an unusual school in an unusual location and is also run by an unusual teacher.

Rajesh Kumar is a shopkeeper by profession, but yet spends hours every morning teaching around 80 children from the poorest of the poor in India’s capital, Delhi.

The 43-year-old visited the construction of the Delhi transit station a few years ago and was disturbed by the sight of many children playing at the site instead of attending school.

When he questioned their parents working at the sites they all said there were no schools in the vicinity and none took care of them.

As the Delhi Metro from the Yamuna Bank station rumbles on every day, something extraordinary takes place under its tracks. Children from the neighbouring slum gather here to let their imagination take over. And helping their dreams take shape is a West Delhi shopkeeper Rajesh Kumar.

Rajesh said, “I would regularly see children idly playing in the dirt in the area. I asked their parents why weren’t they sending them to school. I got no answer, so I decided to start teaching these children from then. We didn’t have much, so with whatever I could get I started teaching them here.”

Consequently, his open-air class room was born – between pillars and beneath the tracks of the Delhi transit system, known as the Metro.

Every few minutes a train passes above, the children unperturbed by its sounds. There are no chairs or tables and the children sit on rolls of polystyrene foam placed on the rubble.

Three rectangular patches of wall are painted black and used as a blackboard. Anonymous donors have contributed cardigans, books, shoes and stationery for the children, as their parents cannot afford them.

One unnamed individual sends a bag full of biscuits and fruit juice for the pupils every day – another incentive for the children to turn up for their studies

Source: http://qr.ae/mirF6

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14 Responses to An Unusual School In India – Truly Inspiring !

  1. Muneer June 24, 2015 at 12:59 PM #

    How can i get contact details for the shopkeeper Rajesh Kumar. Really, i want to say thanks for this noble cause and help the poor students. Thanks Sana for introduce like these persons.

  2. Johney Kunnil June 14, 2015 at 2:28 PM #

    Truly inspiring and as many said, should be an eye-opener to the authorities. Be it ‘left, right or middle’ ruling us, poor remains poor, but rich grows richer …..!!

  3. kvkarunakaran December 1, 2014 at 5:51 PM #

    very good

  4. Zed November 21, 2014 at 5:43 PM #

    This is very inspiring story. I hope these kids get proper education… May God help them!~

    • Sana - Editor FFJ November 22, 2014 at 10:25 AM #

      Actually he gives them basic education which makes it easy for kids to get admission in government schools.

  5. BALA November 20, 2014 at 6:49 PM #

    sana u r truely inspiring. i am a great fan of u. keep posting such articles which promt me to do something good every day.

    • Sana - Editor FFJ November 22, 2014 at 10:28 AM #

      Thank you, Mr. Bala. Very happy to know you enjoy our posts and they also inspire you. We look forward to sharing more such inspirational true stories 🙂

  6. Shaz November 20, 2014 at 12:27 PM #

    i want to go from uk and starting similar school in my village home.

  7. Bashir Yusuf November 20, 2014 at 9:41 AM #

    This is a clear point for the Delhi political authorities to fulfill their promise of providing qualitative education to all. Mr Sahrma should commended and honoured for this effort.

    • Sana - Editor FFJ November 22, 2014 at 10:36 AM #

      Oh how can the poor political authorities do such a big job. It is too great. We elect leaders so they make as much money as possible for themselves not for the welfare of people (sarcasm) 😀

  8. samia November 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM #

    Very inspiring……… individual efforts and time to alleviate poverty and provide some light to other human beings. Really praiseworthy!!

    • somya November 20, 2014 at 3:59 AM #

      Oh! Yes very inspiring ?

      • Sana - Editor FFJ November 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM #

        Just imagine what if there were more such people like Rajesh Sharma…

    • Sana - Editor FFJ November 20, 2014 at 8:45 AM #

      Yeah truly praiseworthy, Samia. Wish we could have more such people around us !