It is not even 1 km from Marathalli -Kundalahalli gate, you could see big aparments and you could see a small 10×15 room size SHED covered by metal sheets and sorrounded by small tent homes. All are mostly construction workers and they live in those small tent homes.
The good things is that Karanataka Government has setup TENT schools (Under Sarva shikshana abhiyan) to benefit the children who cannot attend the regular schools.
Students: Boys – 20, Girls – 35
Government deployed ONE teacher and two volunteers for this school.
Small Children (Siblings who come with students) – 40
Very intersting part was the interest shown by the children towards learning.
When we came out of that tent school, group of boys approached me and asked for SCHOOL UNIFORMS. May be, they all should have seen other rich boys going to normal schools with school uniform. I assured them to get school uniforms sometime.
1. There are no proper clothes. We can donate old clothes in good conditon.
2. No drinking water facility in school. Parents bring some water for their daily purpose from about 1 km.
3. No toilet facilty in the school.
4. Stationery items like bags, writing pads (slates) and chalks.
5. Plates, Glass are required.
Address: Tent School, Thubarahalli, Varthur Main Road, Near SKR Choultry, Bangalore.
Directions to reach this place : After marathalli junction -> Kundalahalli gate -> towards Varthur road. You need to take right towards Sriram apartments.
Afther TENT School visit, BEO took us to another residential school for construction workers, orphans and semi-orphans. This is an NGO providing home to children with single parent or orphans. Government is providing funds to this NGO – by providing the building and also Rs.. 10,000 per student per year. Students go to regular Govt. schools and return back to this home.
Boys – 25
Girls – 28
Teacher – 1