Two years back several engineering students studying at Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Lucknow took a pledge to provide slum kids a better tomorrow by educating them every day.
Every day, after their classes are over, around 100 students of the college form a group of 25 students each and go to slum areas in the evening and spend their time in some constructive work by teaching children in the age group of three to five years.
A B.Tech third year student of the college revealed that with the permission of the parents of these children, they bring them to the college classrooms and teach them alphabets, numerals, recitation of poems and moral lessons and manners for about two hours. After attending the sessions, these students become eligible for nursery education. Usually, they aim to handpick 80-100 children and take them to their college campus.
Another student exclaimed that they themselves have been extremely fortunate to have received a formal education. They now consider it their duty to help slum children go to school and get education and knowledge so that they are enabled to lead a respectable life.
The selfless service of these students has been much appreciated by the parents and people of the locality. Thanks to the efforts of these students, several children have been able to enroll in reputed public schools under the Right to Education Act.
Besides that, these engineering students also conduct parent-teacher meetings and inspire them to help their kids get education. To buy the stationery items like pencils, pens, notebooks and educational kits, these students even spend money from their own pockets pruning their personal expenses.
AS Vidyarthi, the Director of the institute said that only education can enlighten the life of these children. The students of the institute are doing their best to turn these street children to school-going children.