The Sulabh Public School set up in 1992, is a crucible of human rights, liberalism and social change which it seeks to bring about through education. The Sulabh Public School (English medium) was set up with the purpose of empowering the children of scavengers by giving them modern English, Science and Mathematics-based education and help them rehabilitate themselves with new jobs and a new life. Students are also taught Hindi and Sanskrit. The school is up to 10th Standard, affiliated to the CBSE and is recognized up to the Secondary level by the Delhi Directorate of Education.
It is a model school for other social agencies and government to emulate. “Although there cannot be one-size-fit-for-all educational model, this is a special school for special class of people who have been cast out of the regular system. These children have no educational or social background to be admitted to other good schools. They are the centre of our concern and of the Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement. This is the dream which I pursue and for which I am ready to carry any burden and walk any distance to make it come true”, says Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak.
Education aims to impart knowledge, inculcate values and imbibe the ideal character in children that will help them socialize with the outside world. It aides in developing the latent potentiality of children and prepares them to adjust according to any situation. Education emphasizes on both training and teaching; it enables individual to develop the social needs and expectations based on their potential. Education is for all life and is a human resource building process. It is vitally related to our way of living and livelihood. That is why education is called a “Life Building Process”.
While studying in this school and socializing with children of different backgrounds, the scavengers’ children shed their inferiority complex and grow together. This arrangement has forged happy relationships with the families of the poor and the rich. The teacher-student ratio is favorable to ensure a close watch on children. The school regularly organizes parents’-teachers’ meetings to sort out the problem of slow learners and less adjusted pupils.
The school has a well-equipped science laboratory and a library with 4,000 books on different subjects. The school provides computer education to children from Class I onwards which the children enjoy tremendously. Children are oriented into personal hygiene and health education as messages of proper hygiene behavior spread from children to parents and community.