Six days a week, 62-year-old Usha Gaur holds classes in basic education and life values for children of daily wage workers in the open
I would see children loitering in the streets. I thought perhaps I could introduce them to some values.
USHA GAUR, retired teacher
GURUGRAM: Six days of the week, Suman, who goes by her first name, takes her 4-year-old daughter, Pooja, to an open school near Jharsa Chowk. From 3.30pm to 5.15pm, Pooja and 30 other children from the nearby slums, learn foundation-level basic subjects and life values in the corridor of Sector 31 HUDA market.
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■ Usha Gaur teaching an informal class near Jharsa Chowk in Gurugram. Apart from guiding them with regular subjects, she also shows them films and animated videos so they can learn things quickly.
The “school”, held outside a now-closed bank outlet, was started in 2015 by 62-year-old retired teacher Usha Gaur whose sole motivation was to “make a difference to their lives”.
“I would see these children loitering in the streets while on my way to school. They would spend their time roaming around mindlessly. I wanted to make a difference. I thought perhaps I could introduce them to some values,” said the teacher who got out of school but couldn’t quite get the school out of her.
In the one-and-a-half hours that Gaur spends with the children, she teaches her students—most of whom are children of daily-wage, migrant earners and have never attended a formal school—mathematics, English, and Hindi, besides basics of hygiene and life.
“I try and teach them everything that is required for holistic growth. Apart from guiding them with regular subjects, I also make them watch films and animated videos through which they can learn things quickly. Once in a while, I teach them moral science and lessons on personal growth and development,” she said while helping a girl, who attends an informal school, with her Mathematics homework.