But I want to study, Rajkumari said, barefoot in the extremely harsh sunlight which made her eyes close and her head hurt, protesting her mother’s request to come and beg with her on the street. In our country filled with way too many uneducated people of the slum, she wasn’t the only one who wanted to study. These voices did not go unheard, and one day they got what they deserved, and even more.
The Museum School, fondly called ‘Parvarish’ started with 20 illiterate children from 1 slum. Functioning 6 days a week, and 11 months a year, for the past 10 years, this heart-touching concept, based in Bhopal and also been replicated in Bangalore was initiated by Mrs. Shibani Ghosh, an educationist and social worker, in September 2005.It further grew to 200 children from 8 slums in 10 years as was expected.
One of its kinds, The Museum School solely aimed at providing the best education possible to the slum children. Knowing and understanding the fact that these children were not exactly born with the life’s education pattern fit in their head, the school tries to make studying a fun activity which the children do not run from, but towards.
But first things first, when you want your creative brain to picture these education deserving poor children studying, just imagine them taking a trip to the museum. That’s right! The air conditioned fully furnished classrooms would seem less appealing to you, when you see these happy faced children taking their classes at a Museum.
Collaborating with 5 Museums in Bhopal that are subject focused and have exhibits for all ages, The Museum School matches the exhibits and working models with curricula of different classes, and invites colleges conducting Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) courses for practice teaching by their B.Ed students to play the role of teachers in the class.
But how do these barefoot children, with an obvious lack of transport facilities, go to their amazing school? Well, this is what gives the school a boost of equality. These children, like any other student of any other extortionate school, are privileged enough to be picked by their school buses and dropped to their school i.e. the Museum.
Unlike the schools following the traditional model of learning, where a school is more of a peer pressure source, here, the school is a pure blessing. Believing that a good student has to first, be a good human being, their class starts with the reading of a motivational story chosen by the student himself. Rather than writing science experiments in practical notebooks, solving mathematical problems sitting in the classroom, learning history by heart and knowing geography on maps, these rag-pickers get a chance to perform experiments themselves, solve mathematics with pebbles, study ancient statues, ornaments and coins belonging to history and play treasure hunt to learn about cultures of various parts of India. Today, many graduated children have started regular businesses; some of them are pursuing higher education in Engineering, Science, and Commerce as well
Resting this case on an extremely joyful note, you can conclude that a school, the learning pattern of which can even excite you to attend a class yourself, surely wins the hearts of the poor.