Signal school in Thane to start on June 15
The harsh sounds of honking one of the world’s busiest Teen Hath Naka junction will soon be replaced by the chorus of alphabets and numbers. The Thane Municipal Corporation will open its firstever signal school for street children on June 15 at the junction.
An official from the education department, requesting anonymity, said, “The school aims at educating children selling toys and flowers at the signal. It will be held in a container opposite the traffic office at Teen Hath Naka signal. It will have all the facilities and study material which our kindergarten schools have. The students will also have a uniform. The signal also has a small garden where students can learn and play at the same time.”
The school will focus on activity-based learning for the children. They will also be given sweets as an incentive to attend school daily.
The Right To Education makes it compulsory for every child in the age group of 6 to 14 years to seek admission in the
nearest school. Thus, the TMC has come up with the concept of signal schools.
The school will be operated by Samarth Bharat Vyaspeth, an NGO from Thane which conducted a survey of the children. “There are 17 such children at the signals of Eastern Express Highway, who hail from Beed and Osmanabad areas, usually drought prone regions. They
have come to the city with their family to make a living. During the survey, the parents told us they wish to send their children to school but it was impossible. Thus, we decided to bring the school to their doorstep,” said Bhatu Sawant, secretary of Vyaspeth.
The organisation also aims at painting the walls of the flyover with beautiful educational
paintings to attract students. In the second phase, they will get all facilities from the government that the civic school students enjoy.
“Every week, we will do an evaluation of every child and submit to the TMC so they will know each child’s potential. The school will be conducted for two hours which will be increased gradually,” Sawant added.
Classes will be conducted in a container opposite the traffic office at Teen Hath Naka signal.