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An arresting idea

We all need a bit of good news these days, so here’s a story to warm hearts. A police station in the city of Aurangabad, in the west Indian state of Maharashtra, is holding English and maths classes for 14 middle-school children from the city’s slums. 

The free classes are being offered as part of a community policing programme at Pundalik Nagar police station. Retired headteacher SP Jawalkar volunteered to lead the 90-minute sessions that are taking place for 15 consecutive days, the last being today (11 January). To maintain social distancing, they’re conducted on the station’s roof.

“Children are unable to attend schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Assistant Police Inspector Ghanshyam Sonawane, “and many don’t have facilities to attend classes online. Considering the scenario, we decided to arrange for English and Maths tutorials.”

Image courtesy of Aman Shrivastava on Unsplash
Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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