The Maharashtra government plans to launch “signal schools” for underprivileged street children in Mumbai. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis December 13 urged the assembly to support the children who do not get education because of poverty.
The Indian Express has earlier reported on the signal school initiative that was started by the Thane Municipal Corporation with the help of an NGO — Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth. Set up on June 15 this year, the school currently caters to 22 children of four families, originally from Osmanabad, Beed and Satara. Through this school, the NGO aims to provide free education to street children who would have been selling wares on various Mumbai signals.
When BJP MLA Amit Satam had raised the issue in the assembly, CM Devendra Fadnavis replied, “We will study the Thane signal school and will consider implementing it in other cities.”
BJP MLA Ashish Shelar also demanded that the state instruct BMC to set up signal schools in Mumbai. “The previous government had allotted a plot to a developer for a ‘beggars home’ eight years ago, but the it was never built,” he said. Fadnavis replied that the state will look into the matter.
The NGO has set up the classrooms in a remodeled container where voleenters teaches with the help of audio visual system, a small library also provide them meal and uniform.