India’s capital city, Delhi, has no shortage of children who for various reasons are either not able to enrol in school or have to leave school midway. The resident welfare associations (RWAs) of various areas have decided to come together and take up the responsibility of sending these children back to school.
A huge percentage of the population in an area located in Old Delhi is uneducated. Given their financial circumstances, education is not considered an integral aspect of life. Hence, there are many children who give up their education somewhere along the way. In the Jama Masjid district, Mohammad Naeem, the President of the Delhi Youth Welfare Association, played a huge role in bringing about this initiative to send these children back to school.
Naeem says that many of these children fall into bad company and get involved in unfortunate activities. With this initiative, the RWAs are attempting to get actively involved in these children’s lives and provide help to them. The RWAs have helped nearly 25 such youngsters go to college.
The RWAs helped almost 400 children with their re-admission in school last year. Now, they have formed a school management committee, which will search for children who need help. The RWAs will then approach these children and their families to make them aware of the importance of education.
A social worker and senior member of the Dariyaganj Welfare Association, Tuba Khan believes it is imperative to make the parents aware of the importance of education. Director of the Jama Masjid Resident Welfare Association, Sanjay Dhingra, says that he has helped nearly 60 children with school admissions.
Now, there are plans to expand the initiative beyond Old Delhi, and more than 30 RWAs have decided to provide education to nearly 1,000 children who had to quit school.
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