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
According to NBC News, Rajesh Kumar Sharma teaches at least 30 children every day. Most of the children come from neighboring poor villages.Laxmi Chandra, a postgraduate in science, also helps out at the school.“I don’t take attendance. They love coming here because there are no school-like boundaries. In fact, I want to keep it like that,” Chandra told the Indian Express.
For two hours every weekday, Sharma leaves his day-job at a general store in Shakarpur — his brother fills in for him — so that he can teach the children, reported Yahoo News.Sharma, a 40-year-old father of three from Aligarh, was forced to drop out of college in his third year due to financial difficulties. When he decided to start the free school, he didn’t want other children to face the same difficulties he had.
“Whenever I passed by this area, I would notice that children were spending all their time in the fields or playing around,” he told the Indian Express. He eventually persuaded local laborers and farmers to allow their children to attend his school instead of working to add to the family income. He hopes to equip these children with the tools necessary to overcome their poverty.
"They come here everyday. I manage to keep them ahead of the school curriculum,” Sharma told the Indian Express. He even allows children technically too young to attend the government school to sit in the classroom.
Sharma starts at the basics and helps prepare the children for admission to government schools. When he started the school a year ago, he had 140 students. Now 70 of them are in government schools, reported Yahoo News.
"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.
why are people such fucking pricks, why is this society so out for itself fucking capitalism man
I think the job I applied for havn’t called me back because of my tiny little ear tunnel. I even said i’d take it out man fucking hell
i fully thought i had everything planned out and everything was actually starting to move in a good direction and now everything has come to a stop again and i just don’t even know what i’m doing now. Went to the UEL open day today, Was the only uni i was interested in because of their Music Production and Culture course. Went all the way to Stratford, turns out they’re not even doing that course anymore, their “performing arts” presentation of people dancing to pon de floor over and over again looked like it was filmed on a camera phone from 2005 and the audio matched, this is supposed to be a digital arts and media faculty. Head of the performing arts bit had no idea what she was talking about, and kept talking about how “ethnic” and “urban” stratford is. She had no clue about the course, and had to bullshit her way through all the questions. The music lecturer wasn’t even there, and the work they showed us was like first year college student work, apple loops galore. I did that shit for free at BTEC level. How on earth are they getting away with charging people £27,000 each for this course. What a fucking scam.
July 15, 2012, 10:35pm (Osaka station) (by Marser)
Been thinking about what I want to do a bit tonight. I kinda want to give young people hope in places where there isn’t much and where it’s easy to get left behind. Teaching music seems like a way to do that.