Open school

Governance Now - - PHOTOS BY ARUN KUMAR -

Most of them are chil­dren of mi­grants who have come to Delhi in search of work on con­struc­tion sites or as ca­sual labour. They live on the mar­gins, in shanties hid­den from the view of those who drive by on the vista-wide roads of the city, shanties at the end of beaten paths lead­ing off through grass and scrub. And they do go to school, which for them is con­ducted un­der the pre-fab con­crete struc­tures used to build fly­overs and el­e­vated metro tracks. In small groups they make their way to an in­for­mal school on the ya­muna riverbed. There’s only one teacher and he works for free. but he’s mak­ing a big dif­fer­ence.

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