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Mamatha has a determined look on her face as she pays close attention to what her teacher is saying. She is only 11 years old but dreams of becoming a collector one day. Giving wings to her dreams —and to that of 100 other children like her — is The Museum School, a project by Bal Utsav, an initiative of Child Empowerment Foundation India (CEFI), a not-for-profit organisation.

Ramesh Balasundaram, who along with his wife Binu Verma founded CEFI, speaks on the organisation’s endeavour to establish a “bridge school” for children belonging to the lower income families: “In a typical lower-income household, there are three children aged between 4 and 8 years. Invariably, the older children drop out of school to take care of their siblings. These children hardly ever go back to school because they are too old by the time they can. There are many children who don’t ever attend school. This is where we come in.”

Out in the open
The Museum School functions from the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum as well as from Cubbon Park.

Children are taught alphabets, mathematics and other basics in the sprawling gardens of Cubbon Park. “We chose a museum because they were originally meant to be centres of learning, unlike venues of entertainment to which they have been reduced today.”

Source- The Hindu