Patna: For the past 30 years, the ground of Patna Women’s College (PWC) becomes a classroom at 4pm every day. The students of the college have been teaching children living in slums for the past three decades from Monday to Saturday.
Besides their college activities, the students of PWC provide for a better education and future for the lesser privileged children of Mandir, Rajapur, Adalatganj and other localities. The students help the kids become self-reliant and the process has changed the life of so many poor children of the city. Thousands of children, who otherwise would have been working as labourers, have been educated by the college girls.
Children can speak English fluently
Currently, girls are teaching over 300 children. Most of the girls stay in hostels. After their classes are over, the girls teach students of Classes 1 to 10. Special classes are conducted for children who are weak in some subjects. The children are taught to speak and read English. The children can now speak English fluently although they were not familiar with A, B, C earlier.
Separate classes for juniors and seniors
In the college ground, separate classes are conducted for junior and senior children. About 50 girl students are teaching the children. Most of the college students belong to the History Department.
Teaching slum kids is an initiative of ICAW
In 1987, the Inter College Women’s Association (ICWA) was established. Teaching slum kids is an initiative of ICAW. Some members of ICWA also teach children. Association’s convener Sr. Celina said that the girl gets an opportunity to do social work through this initiative and educate the children prepare them for future. Many of these children have got good jobs, Celina said.
‘I feel I am using my education properly’
Suman, a second year student of BA, who has been teaching the children for the last two years, said that by imparting education to poor children, she feels that she is using her education properly. At the same time Shruti explains that she feels very happy when she sees children speaking English.
Girls reach out to kids who can’t come to college
Girls have also set up centres in Betia and Patliputra for children who cannot come to the college due to the distance. Girls reach out to children and teach them at their place. Children of up to 15 years study all subjects and their results are also very good. The girls also provide separate personality development training to children who do not speak in class or do not interact much with others.