What happens to children of labourers? Where do they go while their parents are busy building homes for others to run their own? We've seen small children suffer and trying to take care of each other, and moved on sighing on the sight.
Satwinder Kaur, wife of AGI Infra MD Sukhdev Singh, decided to change the lives of these children by bringing a ray of hope by opening a free school on the company's premises.
The school was opened on Baisakhi this year and is presently providing free education to around 75 children of their labourers. Satwinder and chief administrator Maj Gen Arun Khanna are looking after the welfare of children by giving them education and taking care of other daily needs, providing them refreshments and stationary items.
The school has been opened in one of company’s residential project ‘Jalandhar Heights’ and is running with the support of area residents, told Gen Khanna. “While four of our residents have volunteered to be teachers at the school, we have also hired a project coordinator recently,” he said.
Here comes an important question, how did the company conceptualised the idea? “The company is running various residential and commercial projects from the last many years in the city. With so many projects running one after the other, we prefer to hold labourers, who come from other states, in the long run to get quality work,” said Khanna. Adding to which he told that due to long stay of these workers, their children used to wander aimlessly at the construction site and some elder ones were actually involved in other unhelpful habits like card playing etc.
“It was then we decided to provide an aim to these children by preparing them for the formal education,” said Khanna.
When asked about the response, he said “Initially, the response was not very encouraging. Many did not come back after taking the uniforms. However, things are changing now and we have managed to enroll around 75 children in our school.” Khanna said, “The school is presently teaching up to UKG and even provides a free hair cut once a month.”
If initiatives like these are taken up in every city, the children of labourers will be able to lead a better life.
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