Salute This Shop Owner, who is educating children under a bridge for free

Knowledge is the most powerful tool that everyone would certainly love to have. The one who knows how to make it is indeed the one who has learnt quite a lot of things. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that sharing makes our life more meaningful.

Meet this wonderful human being Rajesh Sharma, a grocery store owner who had the urge to teach the children with utmost dedication. What really makes him so special is the fact that he spent the last seven years nurturing the children under a bridge.

In today’s world where people learn, manipulate and convert the idea into an innovation, they sometimes miss out on teaching some valuable principles to someone else. Rajesh Sharma was so keen to help the children in many ways so much so that he transformed the normal atmosphere into an interesting school.

They say that a boring teacher can make the class so interesting but for those children, Rajesh Sharma’s presence was just enough to make them comfortable. It is learnt that Nearly 200 underprivileged children from neighbouring cities now come to the school, which is referred to as Free School that happens to drive the students Under the Bridge in New Delhi.

The dedicated teacher is trying to bring out the best out of the children at a very young age. The children and their parents will forever be grateful to him. Rajesh Sharma was a college dropout who had the dream of being an engineer but couldn’t make it because of financial concerns. The fact that he is helping nearly 200 underprivileged children, he has achieved a dream of pure bliss.will make him proud.

“I was strolling by and saw children of labourers playing in the dust and mud when this metro bridge was under construction,” Rajesh Sharma told BuzzFeed News. “I spoke with the parents and asked, ‘Why don’t you send them to school?’ They said, ‘We want them to be educated but we can’t afford their education and the school is too far.'”

(Credits: Buzz India/ Ahmer Khan)

With a strong frame of mind, Rajesh Sharma initiated the open-air school under a metro bridge. “I said, ‘Okay, let me [teach starting] from tomorrow, I will take some time from my work and teach them.’ I started with two or three kids [who had] nothing, no resources. The students used to sit on gunny bags.”

The beautiful children also have a sports day on Saturdays where they get to play cricket, football, badminton, and other games under the bridge with donated sports equipment. According to Unesco, as many as 124 million children and adolescents worldwide are out of school. Out of that,17.7 million (14%) are Indians.

Most of the children who mark their presence whole heartedly are coming from the families of migrant workers, farmers, labourers, rickshaw-pullers, and daily wage workers who live on the outskirts of East Delhi. A 15-year-old student named Pappu with a grinning smile on his face said that, “I love this school. I come here for studies and to draw.

Hailing from Chennai, Chaithanya G is the Managing Director of TheYouth. He has dedicated his whole life to reading and writing.