Look to Learn: Under The Bridge School For The Poor #globaled #education #india #criticalthinking

Delhi’s Under The Bridge School

Story taken from http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/05/day-delhi-bridge-school-poor-160511154423330.html

  1. Read the Article and write three facts you found out about the school.
  2. Look at the images what do they tell you about the people who volunteer at the school?
  3. Why is this school so important to the students? Find evidence in the article and in the pictures.
  4. Choose one of the pictures and write a descriptive piece of 100 word challenge as if you were in the picture. 

New Delhi, India – Each morning, before he opens his grocery store, 46-year-old Rajesh Kumar Sharma heads to a metro bridge in the east of India’s capital, New Delhi.

It isn’t the bridge that interests him, but what goes on beneath it.
For this is where he founded what he affectionately calls the free school under the bridge.

With no walls, the pillars of the bridge serve as a boundary. But for the roughly 300 pupils – mostly children of impoverished migrant labourers, daily wage workers and seasonal farmers – it offers the chance of an education.

“I started this school in 2006 and this year we are celebrating 10 years of the school,” Rajesh explains.

“I didn’t want this generation to lose out just because they are poor.”

It is a deeply personal issue for the shopkeeper.

“I could not become an engineer because of financial constraints. I had to drop out of college. Through these children I get to live my dream,” he says.

The school runs two sessions a day – two hours for boys in the morning and two hours for the 120 girls who attend in the afternoon.

Most of the pupils are enrolled in nearby government-run schools, but the free school under the bridge offers them the additional tuition in mathematics, English, Hindi, science, history and geography they need to get by.

“We encourage students to join the government school because they get many benefits from it, such as free meals,” Rajesh explains.

“This school gives them additional help to understand the syllabus. In government schools, boys have to attend the afternoon batch, so they attend our free school in the morning and after that go to their government schools while girls attend government schools in the morning and they come to our school in the afternoon.”

The students have left their mark on their school – painting brightly-coloured murals on the platforms of the bridge.

They sit on donated mats, while the teachers use donated plastic chairs. Two steel trunks store the attendance registers and other paperwork.

Every morning, before class begins, the students sweep the floors.

Laxmi Chandra teaches mathematics and science at the school.

The son of a daily wage labourer from the Indian state of Bihar, he believes poverty can drive children to crime.

“I have been teaching here since 2011 and back home I have seen how, due to poverty, children got into all sorts of wrong things,” he says.

“They need guidance and that’s what we try to give them here through education, so that they can have a bright future.”

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  One thought on “Look to Learn: Under The Bridge School For The Poor #globaled #education #india #criticalthinking

  1. Jimmy
    September 9, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Read the Article and write three facts you found out about the school.
    Students have to sweep the floor. Teachers have two steal trunks.
    Look at the images what do they tell you about the people who volunteer at the school?

    Why is this school so important to the students? Find evidence in the article and in the pictures.

    Choose one of the pictures and write a descriptive piece of 100 word challenge as if you were in
    the picture.

  2. September 9, 2016 at 2:07 am

    U1.Read thie Article and write three facts you found out about the school.
    New deilh is a capital city.
    2.Look at the images what do they tell you about the people who volunteer at the School.
    They half to suddey they work under the bridge.
    Why is this school so important to the students? Find evidence in the article and in the picture.
    It so important because so they can get a Good education and get money jobs to feed there family and help pay the bills.
    Choose one of the pictures and write a descriptive piece of 100 word challenge as if you were in the picture.
    Here I am trying to suddey so I can help my family because we are poor cut feed my family so that why I go to school .

  3. Arizona
    September 9, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Read the Article and write three facts you found out about the school.
    I learnt that every three minutes the sound of a metro train passes bye on the bridge on top of a school.
    Each person who attends the school is formally registered with their name and photograph.

    Look at the images what do they tell you about the people who volunteer at the school?

    Why is this school so important to the students? Find evidence in the article and in the pictures.

    Choose one of the pictures and write a descriptive piece of 100 word challenge as if you were in the picture.

  4. Jimmy
    September 9, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Read the Article and write three facts you found out about the school.
    Students have to sweep the floor. Teachers have two steal trunks. The boys start in the mornings and the girls start in the afternoons.
    Look at the images what do they tell you about the people who volunteer at the school?

    Why is this school so important to the students? Find evidence in the article and in the pictures.

    Choose one of the pictures and write a descriptive piece of 100 word challenge as if you were in
    the picture.

  5. Olivia
    September 9, 2016 at 2:09 am

    Read the Article and write three facts you found out about the school.
    Look at the images what do they tell you about the people who volunteer at the school? There is more girls then boys. The school only teachers 2 hours a day. The school has to steel things.

    Why is this school so important to the students? Find evidence in the article and in the pictures. Because it is all they can afourd and they can get proper education. Because it said the school is free and for the poor.

    Choose one of the pictures and write a descriptive piece of 100 word challenge as if you were in the picture. As I sit on the dusty ground writing in my crusty book but I am stil happy because I am getting education.

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