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Bright Sparks school is in Mohali, close to Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab and Haryana. The shanty town where all the children live is on the banks of a polluted river. Their parents travelled here from the outlying villages in search of work. Most find work as labourers, fruit sellers or cleaners.

The school is over a mile away, in a quiet residential area. It is housed in rented rooms on the ground floor of an apartment block. Every room gets used and reorganised for a different use, several times in a day. There are two courtyards, and a rough plot of ground nearby which the students are slowly turning into a garden. The older students walk or cycle to school. The younger ones come in a tuk-tuk.

The school is over a mile away, in a quiet residential area. It is housed in rented rooms on the ground floor of an apartment block. Every room gets used and reorganised for a different use, several times in a day. There are two courtyards, and a rough plot of ground nearby which the students are slowly turning into a garden. The older students walk or cycle to school. The younger ones come in a tuk-tuk.

Take a walk through the school: