Like Sarji, for many children in the tribal belts of Jharkhand, West Bengal and Assam, English education is a dream. In absence of proper education facilities and opportunities, the families are forced to do labour jobs, farm on the lands of others and do menial services in the homes of others. The entire earning of the family is Rs 3000-4000 per month, forcing the family to recruit their children also as a part of their earning ventures, thereby putting an end to their already dismal hopes of education.
When we went to villages nearby Kharagpur, we found that many children were 13-15 years of age, but they have not started their education or were not able to frame even a single correct sentence in English. Not having any higher prospects in life, they are forced to indulge in bad habits like drinking and smoking.
Last year, to help out such children, we started our school in Kharagpur. We had 18 children between 9 to 13 years of age, coming from the tribal belts of Pakur (Jharkhand), Hailakandi (Assam) and Purulia (West Bengal). We were providing hostel facilities (fooding and lodging), school uniform and education to these children.
We are now expanding our outreach by having 2 schools - the centralised hostel facility in Kolkata and a day school in Kharagpur. In our hostel in Kolkata, we are providing admissions to 35 students from Pakur, Purulia and Hailakandi - fooding, lodging, uniform and English medium education. For the day school in Kharagpur, we are reaching out to the villages and tribal communities nearby like Hiradi, Keshiasol, Harinagar etc. Already the classes have started with 8 students in class 4 and we are hoping to have around 20 admissions by January 15, 2021.