School in a container for space-starved street kids
To get street children in the western Indian city of Thane into school, civic officials first forced parents to send them to regular state schools. The kids showed up late or not at all, and dropped out quickly. So, the officials decided on ‘signal schools’, or small schools that would be close to where the kids lived - on the street, near a traffic signal. Partnering with a non-profit, they opened the first such school last June in a remodelled shipping container under a flyover at one of the busiest traffic signals in Thane, just outside Mumbai. This time, the kids stayed.