Policemen in Purnia, Bihar, have turned teachers, imparting education to less-privileged children in the interior villages of Bihar.
In an initiative called "Sham ki Pathshala" (evening schools), Superintendent of Police Nishant Tiwari and other policemen have come together to with the aim to impart elementary-level education to children and adults in such evening schools in Harda, Baisi, and other villages.
"Whenever I get time I attend evening schools in different villages to educate children and unlettered adults," Purnia Superintendent of Police said, on 15 November.
Tiwari and DIG Upendra Sinha travelled to Harda village, about 10 km from the district headquarter town, last evening to attend one such evening school.
"The aim is to bring them into the mainstream," Tiwari said.
Bihar: Policeman Praveen Kumar turns 'teacher' for children working as rag pickers in Gaya. pic.twitter.com/rROHFG6bzw— ANI (@ANI_news) November 15, 2016
I have been directed to teach the children, DSP and the Inspector also do the same at times for these kids: Policeman Praveen Kumar pic.twitter.com/0NStxtuJwT— ANI (@ANI_news) November 15, 2016
"Many adults, after shunning liquor, devote time in these schools as pupil while some others contribute in teaching too," Tiwari said.
"Positive impact of prohibition is visible in these evening schools. After leaving drinking habits, many adults engage themselves in the noble work of teaching while many others join the schools as pupils," he said.
Purnea DIG said some NGOs and social workers have been engaged for regular shifts at evening schools.
Policemen having an interest in teaching have rendered their services for free for the noble cause, the DIG said.
The children arriving in "sham ki pathshala" are provided with copies, pencils, sports items and books, said Tiwari who along with the DIG distributed the items in Harda.
Talking about Harda village, the Purnia DIG said that it has more than 100 families of makhana labourers hailing from Darbhanga, Madhubani and other places.
We are rag pickers, but now we are studying here. I wish to get into the police service some day: Suman (being taught by the policeman) pic.twitter.com/mjXp6uP8bo— ANI (@ANI_news) November 15, 2016
The children of these people are motivated to attend these evening schools, he said.
The police official said it also helps in policing as such interactions bring the rural people close to the men in khaki.