2013 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Stories, Honorable Mention

School for Less Fortunate

Photographer

Altaf Qadri

The Associated Press

12 November, 2012

A free school in New Delhi was founded by Rajesh Kumar Sharma (40), who was unable to complete his own college education, because of financial difficulties. Every day he takes two hours out to teach children of local laborers, while his brother replaces him at his general store.

About

Altaf Qadri

Altaf Qadri was born in Srinagar, Kashmir and studied science at Kashmir University. He began his working life as a computer engineer, before taking up photography as a professio...

Background story

A student clears chairs and a bag of mats after classes, at a free school under a metro rail bridge, in New Delhi, India.

The school was founded by Rajesh Kumar Sharma (40), who was unable to complete his own college education, because of financial difficulties. Every day he takes two hours out to teach children of local laborers, while his brother replaces him at his general store. Together with an assistant, Laxmi Chandra, Sharma gives lessons to around 45 children daily, having persuaded their families to free them from working to earn money. He aims to prepare his students for admission to government schools, and to equip them for overcoming poverty.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/80
Focal length
23 mm
F-Stop
2.8
ISO
100
Camera
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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