Bus Schools in India

Millions of children living in the slums of Delhi in India do not have access to formal education. Many families prefer their children to work and earn an income rather than attend school. “It’s bad when we are told that we are an illiterate group and that we don’t know anything,” says Nishi, one of the children enrolled in the “bus schools.” They are built from converted school buses that visit contact points in the city, teaching an estimated 300 children for two hours daily. The aim of the bus schools is to eventually enroll the children in formal education in government schools. (2011)