Reference News Network reported on February 7 The new media said that Tana City, north of Mumbai, used containers as a school to successfully attract street children to school. The number of street children in India is estimated at 1 million, and at least 6 million children between the ages of 6 and 13 are still out of school.
According to Singapore’s “Lianhe Zaobao” on February 7th, Reuters reported that Tana City, north of Mumbai, India, encouraged local street children to go to school and used containers as schools near the residences of these children to successfully attract street children to school and lower the street. The dropout rate of children.
Tana officials forced the parents of street children to send their children to a regular city school. However, these children are absent if they are late or drop out of school soon.
As a result, local officials and non-profit organizations have partnered to set up the first container school in an intersection of one of the busiest traffic lights in Tana, one of the busiest traffic lights in the city.
The classroom of this small school was converted from a container of about 10 meters by 3 meters and can accommodate 35 people. The classroom is brightly coloured with fans and lights, alphabet and digital tables, as well as a teacher's room and storage shelves. There are swings and slides outside the class.
The school’s 27 students can use the library, borrow toys, and shower in the bath every day. There are also lockers on campus for them to store uniforms and books to avoid damage or being stolen. In addition, doctors and hairdressers regularly check and cut hair for students.
In order to help some children to help their parents sell jewelry and flowers during the morning and evening peak hours, the school arranges classes from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. In the first few months, the teacher taught the children the importance of neatness and the habit of getting rid of food and reaching out to beg.
After the container school, the street boy no longer dropped out of school.
Qiao Xi, deputy director of the administrative department of Tana City, said: "It is a daunting task for parents of street children to send their children to school. This means that they have one extra person to earn extra income... but they change their minds and the community is completely Accept this program. This is the best solution for a city that is crowded and facing the problem of nomads."
There are no official figures for the number of street children in India, but some charitable organizations estimate an estimated 1 million people, and there are 37,000 in Mumbai alone. Most street children migrated from rural areas to cities with their parents in search of a better life.
These immigrants often cannot afford to rent even the cheapest houses. They have to sleep on the sidewalks or elevated roads in the cities around Mumbai such as Tana, and usually do some casual work, sell decorations, and beg beside traffic lights.