Raja Bazaar – bylanes of Kolkata

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Chetan and I visited two schools during our visit to Raja Bazaar.

Both the schools were housed in tiny brick huts and would surely become extremely uncomfortable in the summer months. Funds allow only for a single session taught by a lone educator. Though poverty seemed rampant everywhere in the slums, there seemed to be a cheerful spirit amongst everyone I met during my visit. The children were extremely bright and looked forward to their annual “Camlin drawing competition” just as we were leaving.

The school fees ranged from Rs 25- Rs 35 a month depending on the class attended. Unfortunately, while this sum seemed on the higher side for some of the families, the same parents did not hesitate to spend Rs 60 a month to send the children for a “coaching class” in the evening!.

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