GUWAHATI: Teach the youngsters and bring plastic each week as fees is all what this Assam school needs from its college students.
14-12 months-old Prasanta is a pupil himself, but he additionally teaches six-year-olds at her faculty in Pamohi at the outskirts of Guwahati. However, Prasanta isn’t always alone.
Older children studying at the Akshar School for a few years were skilled to teach the more youthful college students. They receives a commission for this, which inspires them to stay inside the faculty and now not drop out themselves.
“I had long gone to highschool but had to drop out because of poverty, needed to soak up paintings at a stone quarry and with woodcutters to earn however now this school has been a recreation changer. I examine here and also train the more youthful ones and receives a commission for this. With the cash, I should purchase something for myself,” Mr Prasanta told NDTV.
In 2013, 30-yr-antique Mazin Mukhtar again to India from US, where he was trained in Aerospace engineering. However, he dropped out to teach negative students inside the US and then arrived in India to do the equal.
Along with his wife Parmita Sarma, who holds a Master Degree in Social Works from TISS, he set up the Akshar School in 2016. Their purpose is to bridge the gap between traditional academics and vocational schooling wherein students choose up essential existence abilities required to get a activity.
“We agreed that there must be a brand new model for the scholars who stay in abject poverty, so we came up with this version in which students research and they’re also educated in exclusive vocational studied — the first it to be a teacher,” stated Mr Mukhtar.
The college started with 20 youngsters. Today, there are 110 — they all belonging to terrible families.
The faculty is affiliated to the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).
If students bring at the least 25 objects of plastic waste every week they don’t need to pay their college fees.
The plastic is recycled and a number of it’s miles became green bricks which might be then used in new buildings on the school.
“We saw that own family individuals of our students used to burn plastics to dispose of them. We first explained to them but it did not work so we made it mandatory that they have got to collect plastic waste as lessons price and that is recycled to make eco-plastic bricks,” Parmita Sarma stated.