They say when your intentions are right, things will fall at its place. India is a vast country where at many places, there is an inadequate supply of resources. But even then, due to efforts of some NGOs or local bodies, schools have been running at places one could hardly think of. On this Children’s Day, we bring to you five schools that are different from the regular schools:
1) Floating school, Manipur:
The Loktak Lake, better known as the largest freshwater lake in the country, has last year started first of its kind Floating Elementary School. The school was recently inaugurated at Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok village in Manipur. It aims to provide education to dropouts students, who were rendered homeless due to the recent evacuation of phumdis.
2) Ship container:
When the children could not go to school, the school had to come to the children. An NGO in Mumbai had last year started Signal Shala below the Teen Haath Naka flyover junction for children that sells items at the street signal. Here the classes are held in an abandoned ship container. With the support of self help groups, the students get nutritious lunch and health tonics prescribed by the paediatrician.
3) Pink brigade:
There is no age for learning. While the world focus on education of children, a school teaches women of above 60 years. Located at Fangane village in Thane, Ajibainchi Shala, is one schoold where students are aged between 60 and 90 years. The school, by 45-year-old Yogendra Banga, aims to educate the elderly women in the village, where farming is the dominant profession.
With the support of a charitable trust, the women were given pink sari uniform, a school bag, a slate and chalk pencils.
4) On the wheel:
Another school was launched last year which is equipped with a library unit, the only difference is it runs on wheels. The mobile ‘library-cum-school on wheels’ has been set up by an NGO —Tabar Society. The idea is to spread awareness about education among the nomadic and tribal children in Jaipur district.
5) Under the bridge:
Where there is a will, there’s a way. True to this phrase a shopkeeper Rajesh Kumar Sharma in Delhi started makeshift school that operates underneath the tracks of Yamuna Bank metro station. This school is for children of labourers, rickshaw-pullers and farm workers.