Gurgaon: Happy School in Gurgaon caters to the children of rickshaw pullers and domestic helps, and is imparting education to them for a token fee of Rs 5 a month.
The Happy School is an initiative by Kamal Capoor. From being taught English, Maths, computer science, dance or painting, the students here know it all. But unlike any other private school in Gurgaon, this school provides education to the underprivileged children from nursery to class V for a token fee of Rs 5 every month.
"You know when they first came, I remember asking them when is their birthday and they had no idea what it was. Now, each one on their birthday brings sweets to distribute to everyone," says an elated Capoor on her achievement.
The school that had started in 2008 with just 5 children, now has over 400 students. Children of rickshaw pullers, daily wage-earners, gardeners & domestic help - the Happy School nurtures new dreams for these underprivileged children.
The school is not short of volunteers who are more than willing to contribute to the cause. Seventeen-year-old Sana has volunteered to teach these students. "We all sit at home and crib about the heat. What we don't see are these little children who are so determined to learn. So I really want to come here and help them and give the opportunity that we get," says Sana.
Every class in the school contains only 25 children and the children love it all. "Humen teacher log padhai sikhati hain. phir hum log thak jate hain tab khana khilate hain (Teachers here teach us and when we when we get tired of studying, they also give us food)," says a student of the school.
The students at the school can only thank the teachers for the school.
"Main bade hoke Hema ma'am ke jaise maths padhana chahti hun. Mujhe maths bahut hi acha lagta hai. Maths me bache ko samajh me nahi ata, main samjhaungi, datungi nahi, pyar se bataungi aur sare bachon ko bolungi, bache tumlog bahut hi mehnat karo, main badhi teacher ban jaungi na toh main in bachon ko bahut hi mehnat karwaungi (I want to become Maths teacher when I grow up. There are many kids who find it difficult to understand Maths. I will explain them. I will not scold them. I will tell them that they should work very hard)," says a student who has been given a chance to follow her dream by this school.
These students too, like the others have immense potential and a spark to shine like a star in the sky and this school is giving them a platform to hone their talent and to dream big.