Bright Sparks is a small primary school in Mohali, north India. It gives a free education to 100+ children from a shanty town who would otherwise miss out completely on school. Many move on to access mainstream education, and all get to experience a safe environment in which to have a childhood, learn and thrive.
The shanty town where the children live is on the banks of a polluted river. Most are ‘working children’ whose parents are migrant workers: labourers, fruit seller or cleaners. Bright Sparks helps to break this cycle of poverty and illiteracy.
The school is in a quiet residential area, a mile away. It is in rented rooms on the ground floor of an apartment block. It’s a small space, so every room gets reorganised for a different use several times in a day. There are five primary classes with five teachers. The main school day runs from 8.30am to 2pm.