472/13 Shastri Nagar, Meerut, U.P., India
Rajwanti Public Academy holds 80 students and 6 teachers in a small building located in Meerut, India. The school is completely free for the students and many of them come from neighbouring slum areas. Few live in developed areas with houses and urban amenities.
The children are taught Science, Math, and English five hours a day for six days a week.There is one computer in the school, and the kids take turns learning on it.Frequently, teachers hold an interactive session with students with the help of IPads which makes learning interesting.
In addition to schoolwork, the children engage in outdoor activities such as badminton, racing, cricket, and long jump. They are taken to the University Area by Auto Rickshaw to play in the field a few times a week.
The school goes up to 5th class, and then the kids are sent to a Meerut public school or Ambedkar school directly for higher education if they choose to continue with their education.
One of the members of this graduating class just passed 12th class in a Meerut public school. He is now taking a test for Information Technology college in Saket.
India has great economic potential as it is one of the youngest populations in the world. As the rest of the world ages, India becomes more youthful.In India,About 50% of children do not attend school. This can be attributed to the high poverty rate in the country and in many cases the low priority given to Education. 93 million people in India are slum-dwellers, many of which are children. These children will most likely never see the inside of a classroom, they are destined to remain uneducated like their parents. The children who are fortunate enough to live out of the slums but who are still impoverished are taught from an early age not to make education a priority. Many families prefer the children to start working and supporting the family as soon as possible. They do not see worth in paying the price(small as it is) for a Government school when they can get their children to start earning money.
In 1976, Dr. Subodh C. Gupta, the Founder and Chairman of JCBS saw a vision of improving the lives of underprivileged children by providing them education. This vision was supported by the motivation of two sisters, now long retired, who always had a desire to teach such underprivileged children. Promilla Gupta and Dipti Mithal decided to visit an orphanage to inquire about the children's educational opportunities. In 2001, they visited Ramanuja Vaish Orphanage in Meerut, India and started their quest to change lives.First thing they did was to train the girls and the boys above 18 for the post of nurse ,beautician, driver etc. and made them self-reliant and independent. This is how the main objective of YES was somewhat fulfilled to empower the children through employment .
In the orphanage, they set up 4 tables and 4 benches for a total of 90 children (40 girls and 50 boys) and taught them every day for 2 years. They hired highly qualified teachers and organized all the students by aptitude levels.
Ms. Gupta and Ms. Mithal's scope went far beyond just teaching. In addition to schoolwork, they engaged the children in outdoor games to encourage physical activity and healthy socialization.
The Orphanage manager feared reallocation of power and forbade further involvement. But the sisters didn't give up and in 2002, they rented out a house to teach the children. The children who desired to learn more would come to the house after their school ended every day. This continued for almost one year.In this school even the Director's grandchild was enrolled.
In late May 2002, they started a school in a small village called Partapur, in Meerut. There were 2 male teachers and one of them had himself been taught at the orphanage two years ago. They taught 70 children each year for 3 years.Another branch of this school was opened up in Uttarakand.
In June of 2004, they opened a school in Shastri Nagar, Meerut. They invited all the kids, up to 9 years old, from the slums and other impoverish areas around the school. For the first time, kids attended the school who had no previous education whatsoever. When the school first opened, children came who were very unhygienic and not bathroom trained. The teachers would sometimes help bathe them before they started studying.