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AU students’ ‘Hamari Pathshala’ to better the lives of slum kids

Working under the name ‘Hamari Pathshala’, the group teaches fundamentals of English, Hindi and Mathematics to around 110 underprivileged kids at three different slums in the city.

lucknow Updated: Mar 01, 2017 18:42 IST
Kenneth John
AU student Rajneesh Dubey (extreme left) along with slum kids here in Alopibagh on Monday.
AU student Rajneesh Dubey (extreme left) along with slum kids here in Alopibagh on Monday.(Anil Kumar Maurya/ HT Photo)

A group of six Allahabad University (AU) students has pledged to contribute their bit to the nation by educating slum kids who are otherwise forced to beg on the streets.

The group is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of building a strong India.

Working under the name ‘Hamari Pathshala’, the group teaches fundamentals of English, Hindi and Mathematics to around 110 underprivileged kids at three different slums in the city.

The group is led by Rajneesh Dubey, a resident of Mirzapur, who despite being physically challenged has been teaching for the past three years in the slums.

While two classes were held in Alopibagh one was held in George Town. The students teach the kids after attending their own classes and even provide stationary and notebooks to them from their own pocket said Rajneesh adding that undergrad students of neighbouring districts are also being contacted to start such classes. The classes that start mostly after 2 pm lasts for about one hour or as long the kids show their willingness to learn.

On what forced them to start such an initiative, Rajneesh said, “One day in 2014, we saw small children begging outside a Hanuman Temple. The sight forced us to think of a solution. After a few days we set out to teach in nearby slums and stopped the kids from begging.”

According to Jai Thakur, another student teaching in one of the slums, “It is a satisfying experience teaching such children who never went to a school. We are making these kids learn how to read and write and make them better human beings. It is everyone’s duty to contribute towards nation building.”

Another student Rajeev Dubey said if the ongoing Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan had been properly implemented such slum kids would not have been begging.

“We will try to establish a network of such ‘Hamari Pathshala’ classes, which would be handled by our juniors in days to come.

It is our moral responsibility to pass on whatever we have learnt in our life to the less fortunate,” he added.

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