Education is a fundamental solution to poverty

“Think about it: Every educated person is not rich, but almost every educated person has a job and a way out of poverty. So education is a fundamental solution to poverty.”

Governor Kathleen Blanco

APTOPIX India Free School

In this photo underprivileged Indian children attend a free school run under a metro bridge in New Delhi, India. At least 30 children living in the nearby slums have been receiving free education from this school for the last three years. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

“For two hours every day, Rajesh Kumar Sharma, 40, leaves his job at a general store and meets under a metro bridge with dozens of children from New Delhi’s worst slums. There, the father of three teaches the kids math, science and social studies, using black boards that are painted on a building wall. He teaches them the basics in the hopes that they will be admitted to government-run schools in the near future.

“Whenever I passed by this area, I would notice that children were spending all their time in the fields or playing around,” Sharma told the Indian Express.

He was able to convince many of the children’s parents to get them out of the fields for a few hours to help them learn.

When he started the school in 2011, he had 140 students. The next year, 70 of them were admitted into government schools, Yahoo News reported.

“Our teacher has told us that when poverty strikes, you should open your mind, and that can be done only through education,” a student of Sharma’s named Abishek told the Indian Express.”

From Kindness Blog


13 thoughts on “Education is a fundamental solution to poverty

  1. Thank you for liking “Night Photography” and for sharing this inspirational story. It saddens me to think that many of the students I have encountered where I live (California) are not as enthusiastic about learning as these children under the bridge seem to be.

  2. Francina says:

    Sometimes it is difficult to comprehend that not every child has a way to go to school. Education is the key indeed. Thank you for sharing this story.
    groetjes, Francina

    • Otrazhenie says:

      So true, Francina. So often we take school education for granted in the Western World, without realising that for a large number of children education is a dream rather than reality. 😦

  3. melanie says:

    yesss! NO possible or probable doubt about it… ignorance, lack of culture, education, information, etc are the open gate and the origin of all evils… everywhere on our planet!

  4. OyiaBrown says:

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

  5. stoicatheist says:

    Sad contrast with America here. Ironically, those children will likely be in a better position to take advantage of the opportunity America offers. So many kids here aspire to wealth and celebrity for the sake of wealth and celebrity alone.

    Capitalism at it’s “best”.

  6. Naomikko says:

    Reblogged this on naomikko and commented:

  7. Naomikko says:

    Wow, thank God people like Rajesh Kumar Sharma still exists.So glad to read this. Thanks

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