Rajesh Kumar Sharma teaches underprivileged children under a Metro bridge
47 year old, Rajesh Kumar Sharma, started this makeshift school way back in 2005. He takes a large chunk out of his working day to teach the underprivileged kids as his his younger brother takes care of his general store in Shakarpur in his absence. The kids that he teaches are children of labourers, rickshaw-pullers and farmworkers
Forced to quit college in the third year of his BSc due to financial strain, Rajesh says he does not want anyone to meet the same fate. “Whenever I passed by this area, I would notice that children were spending all their time in the fields or playing around,” he told the Indian Express.
Initially, Rajesh struggled to get the kids come to his roadside school because the parents wanted their children to work instead of studying as they would add to the family income. He argued relentlessly and pursuaded many.
Rajesh Kumar Sharma, who came to Delhi from Aligarh 20 years ago, has been teaching underprivileged children in other parts of the city too.