According to a report by the NHRC, as many as 3,00,000 children are made to beg every day in India. These children never get a chance to study in schools and lead a good life.
A cop in Rajasthan is doing something to change the lives of these children for better. According to a report, he has set up a school for the street kids in the Churu district of Rajasthan.
Few years ago, the cop, Dharamveer Jakhar noticed some kids begging near the premises of his police station. Talking about his decision to talk to these kids, he said he wanted to learn more about them.
He also said:
“When I talked to these kids they told me they don’t have parents or any other relatives. Initially, I thought they must be lying but I went to their slums and learnt that they were telling the truth. I felt if I don’t help them they will waste their entire life begging and started teaching them for an hour every day.”
In a bid to help these children become a part of mainstream India, Dharamveer started a free school, Apni Pathshala , for them in January 2016. After 4 years of its formation, the school presently has 450 kids. Dharamveer takes the help of two women constables and a few young volunteers who teach at the school.
“We have had more than 450 children study at the school. We got 200 students admitted to government schools and around 90 are studying in classes VI-VIII. We maintain constant communication with them so that they can continue their studies uninterrupted”, he said.
The school arranges for free commute of the children and also provides them free food, clothes and study material.
“There are many families who come from UP and Bihar to work here. We have motivated their children to study and not to stop once they go back to their native lands. Some children have been allowed to collect garbage as their parents won’t allow them to come otherwise. So we decided to let them do it after school. This way at least they get to come,” the policeman added.
Although the school has grown over the years, it lacks financial stability and is in the need of funds. According to reports, the school which runs on donations from different campaigns is not getting any support from the state government. The monthly expenses of school are around Rs 1.5 lakhs.
“With the help of the police, society, and the education department, we can change their lives. These children should have special schools and separate staff to take care of them. They will never come to school on their own and there should be people dedicated to bringing them out of their miseries,” he added.
Dharamveer feels that if guided and helped properly, these children can contribute towards the development of society.
He is working towards a noble cause and we hope that he keeps on doing this so that these underprivileged children receive what they deserve – education.