Sig­nal school in Thane to start on June 15

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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Classes will be con­ducted in a con­tainer op­po­site the traf­fic of­fice at Teen Hath Naka sig­nal.

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