INDIAN SCHOOLS ARE CROWDED
After China, India has the biggest population of any country. The Indian government and parents want all children to be educated, but this is not possible for a number of reasons. There are more children than schools!
Imagine a country with more children then schools. Some families are so poor that children have to work, although this is illegal. Schools are incredibly overcrowded, but to escape poverty and get good jobs in the future, parents and students are willing to suffer this overcrowding.
Train platform schools
Children attend school on train platforms across India
These schools across India help the poorest of children to get an education. There are over 4,000 students whose classroom is a railway platform.
Under the bridge
This school is based beneath a very busy road
This school in India is organised by volunteers for poor children who aren’t enrolled in the school system. It is located in the city of New Delhi and situated beneath an overpass. Volunteers teach children the basics of reading, numeracy (numbers) and English. The school has been going for 10 years and has about 300 students.
So what do you think about these two stories? Remember that India also has excellent schools that graduate doctors, engineers and other professional people. India is a country that has rich and poor and those who fit in between. Make sure that you appreciate school. And maybe, in the future, you might like to volunteer or help as a professional person in developing countries.