These schools have taken the underprivileged children under their fold to provide them with quality education without the necessary expenses.
St Stephen’s, KB DAV, St Kabir’s are among those which have special sections for children belonging to the economically weaker sections.
Those enrolled in these schools are being provided free education along with other facilities like uniform, stationery, transportation and others.
Says Richard Ellis, additional principal, St Stephen’s: “We have around 200 underprivileged children with us for the last few years. The poor should not be denied the right to study just because they do not have the means to afford it. As a social and moral responsibility, these kids should be provided a platform to bring out their hidden talent.”
Says Madhu Bahl, principal, KB DAV, that runs a special section called “Saral Ehsaas” for such children: “I feel that I owe something to the society and what better way to contribute towards its improvement than educate the future generation.”
Saral Ehsaas, which was started in 2004 with only 55 children, has more than 300 children now. “We will teach these children up to Class XII. Keeping in view their performance, some children have also been shifted to the mainstream school,” says Bahl.
St Kabir’s too has a similiar programme for the poor children in Sanjay colony. Apart from constructing two rooms for its 150 students, the school has also been conducting classes on its campus since 2005.
“Our students of Class X teach these children after school hours. These children have a desire to learn which is evident from the enthusiasm they exhibit,” says Shikha Nijjer, a teacher.
The students too are more than happy to study in these schools.
Says Muskan, a student at Saral Ehsaas: “I look forward to coming to the school everyday as I enjoy studying in a good atmosphere. I am thankful to those who have provided me with such facilities.”