|Hutments near Pulachi Wadi, Deccan|
Door Step School has been working with these children since many years. In fact, some of the children even recognized the teachers who visited these locations for follow-up. On further enquiry, it was found that some of these children were students of DSS Community Learning Center in Shivaji Housing Society, while living under the university flyover which was being constructed in 2003-04. DSS staff used to wake them up and take them in a DSS van to the Shivaji Housing Center; clean them, feed them, and also teach them. However, their parents have no importance for education and they encourage the children to stay away from school and earn whatever they can. The parents themselves want to be picked up by the police and put in jail so that they do not have to worry about their daily needs! Some of the parents even own few two-wheelers, and are now demanding free homes!
Three of the children attend PMC School No.14. Their attendance is irregular and they beg at above-mentioned locations after their school timings. Other children were also enrolled in school but have never attended. They run away before the DSS van comes to that area to pick them up. The DSS staff has tried to convince them to go back to school but unfortunately, their parents have not realized the importance of education and now the children themselves prefer to beg than study.
|Flyover near Pune University|