The School Under The Bridge

One Indian man became a hero after he began educating New Delhi’s poorest children — and even went as far as creating a free school for them under a metro bridge.

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According to NBC News, Rajesh Kumar Sharma teaches at least 30 children every day. Most of the children come from neighboring poor villages.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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“They come here everyday. I manage to keep them ahead of the school curriculum,” Sharma told the Indian Express.

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He even allows children technically too young to attend the government school to sit in the classroom.

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Sharma starts at the basics and helps prepare the children for admission to government schools.

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When he started the school a year ago, he had 140 students. Now 70 of them are in government schools, reported Yahoo News.

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Sharma says his greatest achievement is changing the attitude of his students’ parents. Many of them now encourage their children to study.

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“They understand that if children in the villages in the interiors of the country can go to schools, why not in the national capital.”

Source: Huffington Post

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15 thoughts on “The School Under The Bridge

  1. This is a wonderful story, wow, what service and what an achievement that so many of the children are now in ‘real’ school. Hats off to the man, who turned something so disappointing (not being able to continue his own studies) into a gift for so many; these children, their families, their communities and ultimately India aas a whole. Fantastic!

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  2. This Positive vibe and Inspiration has brought tears in my eyes. There are many unsung ‘heroes’ in India who are doing a lot to Empower Education and give back to the Society. I Love My Country and Country men. :-)

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