Rohit Kumar Yadav, Government Railway Police constable of Unnao made his father’s dream come true by providing free education to the underprivileged kids at the night. For months, every day he visited the families which reside near the railway tracks or in slums to convince them for sending their kids to school.
Rohit Kumar Yadav’s father is a retired IAF personnel. A few years ago, he started a school for the underprivileged kids in their village in the Etawah district of UP but he had to close it after he faced opposition from some of his family members.
About one year ago, when he was returning from home, he noticed a few kids begging on the train which made him realized that he should work towards the education of these children.
Rohit said that” The hands which should wield pen and paintbrushes were holding begging bowls”. This made him reach out to these children and their parents to convince them for sending their children to school as education is only the way that can change their lives and bring them out of the darkness.
“I kept visiting these families of gipsies, who used to inhabit the railway land near tracks and slum dwellers for a month every day to convince them for sending their children to school but most of them were reluctant” as quoted by Rohit in an interview.
He also said that most of the parents don’t want to send their children to school due to the loss of earning hands in their families and most of them were not ready to go through the admission drill.
After this problem arises, he got a solution to this by bringing the school to their home and started to run it. Finally, this year he started an open-air school – Har Haath Mein Kalam which means a pen in every hand in English near the railway track of Unnao station. He started the first batch with just 5 students and within the months the number has raised to 15. For a couple of months, Rohit was only the teacher in his school.
After his duty hours, Rohit devotes his time to teaching these children at night. In the starting, he had to bear all the finances to keep the school running as he started school in rented accommodation. Even he provide the books and other expenses of stationery from his pocket. As the days passed, some NGOs came forward to provide help to his school.
Now, more than 90 students are studying in this school under the supervision of Rohit along with two teachers. The Government Railway Police has also led help to Yadav to run the school. “My passion is to run the school outdid the fatigue and stress I used to have after hours of duty on trains. The passion became the mission of my life as it gave me the feeling that I am living the dream of my father” as said by Rohit in an interview.
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