A police officer from Delhi, who managed to escape the slums as a child, is now giving back to underprivileged children who skip school and work odd jobs.
Through his free school, Than Singh is giving children who have missed out on education the opportunity to catch up and be on par with their peers.
The classes take place in the parking lot of the famous Red Fort.
Originally from Bharatpur, Rajasthan, Singh spent his childhood with his two siblings on the streets of New Delhi, selling corn while his father ironed clothes.
Despite their daily struggles, Singh never forgot the importance of education.
His father aspired to become a police officer, but the family’s burdens never allowed him to adequately prepare.
Singh eventually followed in his father’s footsteps, pursued his studies, and passed the Delhi Police exam.
While working in his police service in the streets where he grew up, Singh started thinking about doing something to help children who, like him, had to work instead of studying.
That’s when he created a unique school called “Than Singh Ki Pathshala.”
He educates around 80 children between the ages of 3 and 15 outside the Red Fort, in neighborhoods like Raj Ghat, Vijay Ghat, and Shantivan.
Local drivers volunteered to bring the children to school every day.
He receives everything through donations: books, meals, uniforms, and other supplies.
“I want to provide these children with a good environment because their parents go to work, and there’s a risk of them roaming the streets.
That’s why we continue to offer them classes after school,” said Mr. Singh.
Last year, seventy of Singh’s students were able to enroll in appropriate public schools, and ten of them achieved top scores in their class exams.
“There’s no better way to live than working for these children. I could be a catalyst for change in their lives with just a little support.
What could be better for me?” stated Mr. Singh.
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