Mobile Schools now in Delhi slums-“Chalta Phirta School“

Under a landmark education bill proposing free schooling for children between the age of six and  fourteen years having cleared the labyrinths of the Indian Parliament, the slum children stand to benefit the most.

Mobile classrooms which have been converted from school buses will be able to provide access to education to more than 5,000 slum children. The scheme is a part of the Sarvya Shiksha Abhiyaan(SSA), the government run initiative for the uneducated slum children of the nation. The initiative is furthered by the UK Government.

Under the SSA, many new school buses will be introduced in Delhi in the coming future. A fleet of around 25 buses are being planned to ply on the Delhi routes and act as mobile classrooms for these underprivileged children. All these buses are fully equipped with a variety of teaching and learning material. TV, educational books, Computers, DVDs and soft toys are some of the learning material on board.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan: Educating India

The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan or the SSA is a central government project aimed at making education accessible to every child in India. The initiative was launched in 2001. Since then, over 35 million Indian children have joined the noble mission. The main aim of the SSA is to provide primary education to every child and improve upon the quality of education imparted.

With the mission’s progress, the drop-out rate among children, receiving primary education, has also seen a considerable decline. The SSA’s funds allocation has been on the rise ever since its launch, as the mission has been hugely successful. Even the Supreme Court maintains that the right to one’s life also includes a fair opportunity and a right to education. The National Human Rights Commission has further stressed upon the importance of the SSA and the right to education for every child.