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Platform school at Mumbra ready for students, will open in a week

Thane Municipal Corporation yet to finalise an NGO to run the school, which will function on the lines of signal school

mumbai Updated: Jun 16, 2018 00:35 IST
Ankita G Menon
Ankita G Menon
Hindustan Times
Mumbra,Platform school,Thane Municipal Corporation
The container has been placed at Mumbra railway station for the platform school.(HT Photo)

Residents of Mumbra were overwhelmed at the colourful shipping container outside their local station that will play venue to the Thane Municipal Corporation’s (TMC) platform school concept. But the civic body itself is clueless as to which non-governmental organisation (NGO) will actually be running the school.

Following its success with signal school— a similar concept to provide free education to street children who beg or sell items at railway stations or inside trains — the TMC announced a naka school at Kapurbawdi and the platform school at Mumbra. However, there has been no response from its side regarding the progress of the latter project.

The TMC’s education department though is hopeful that the platform school will begin within a week. “We are in the final stages, we only have to finalise the NGO, we will definitely begin this academic year without any doubt,” said Manish Joshi, deputy municipal commissioner, TMC.

Signal shala is a school that operates out of a shipping container under the Teen Haath Naka flyover in Thane. It was formally inaugurated in 2016 with 22 children and has now expanded to 48 students who diligently attend school.

“With the same aim, we are keen on starting the platform school at Mumbra station. This will also be held in a container below the flyover outside Mumbra station. We are waiting to finalise the NGOs that have approached us; we’re planning to give it to one which is different from the ones operating the signal and naka schools. We hope to start the (platform) school within a week,” said Urmila Pardhe, education officer, TMC.

A budget of ₹25 lakh has been allotted for these schools and on the lines of the signal school, children here will be initially drawn with fun activities that last for 15 to 30 minutes. Gradually, based on their age and schooling that they have received, they will be trained and prepared to appear for exams. It will focus on the overall development of the children with the help of skill development and grooming sessions as well as health and hygiene camps.

First Published: Jun 16, 2018 00:35 IST