A school in a cargo container.
India’s first registered Signal School meant for children living and working near traffic signals in Mumbai.
As one of the world's most populated nations, India has vast poverty and numerous street kids who sell their wares or beg for money at traffic signals.
Most of these kids have little education, which confronts them with a dismal future.
Determined to do something about this, an Indian non-profit organization last June in Mumbai started an unusual school.
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At a busy intersection, they placed a colorful cargo container, redesigned as a classroom, and hired four-teachers, and provided books and other materials.
They also provided a clean bathroom, and water so the kids can bathe themselves, and clean clothes washed regularly by the school.
The school serves meals, so no child is hungry, and some of the kids sleep in the school, instead of on the streets.
The children are as young as 3-years-old, and the school has 22-students, while recruiting more.
The hope is that this will be the first of many cargo container classrooms, almost all to be located near busy intersections, because most of these children still need to earn a living.
To many people, educating street kids is an impossible task, but now there is a working model that may one day rescue many street kids and give them, and India a far better future.
Success Tip of the Week:
“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world.” Malala Yousafzai (19-year-old Nobel Prize Winner)
Editor's Note:To learn more, please see http://www.thebetterindia.com/67316/signal-shala-school-thane-mumbai/ (which was published 9/5/16, when the student count was 22). For a heartwarming perspective of a teacher at this school http://www.dailygood.org/story/1457/mumbai-s-signal-shala-tanaya-singh/ This Daily Good story was our original source.
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