The makeshift classroom

The room can accommodate 15 children. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

The room can accommodate 15 children. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam   | Photo Credit: B. Jothi Ramalingam

The Government Railway Police, Perambur has converted a booth at the Vysarpadi railway station into an after-school centre

A small police outpost at the Vysarpadi railway station is the new study room for a small group of children. Here, they complete their homework and read books.

They also have a ‘new teacher’, a woman constable attached with the Government Railway Police (GRP), Perambur range, to often them ‘tuitions’.

The initiative, said to be the first-of-its-kind started by the GRP at a railway station, is aimed at providing a facility for children from low-income groups in the neighbourhood to inculcate the habit of reading after school hours and to use their time more productively.

The programme also seeks to prevent children from Vysarpadi, one of the crime-infested areas in north Chennai, to take to a life of crime.

“We have seen children at the slum tenements in Vysarpadi spending their after-school hours on the railway tracks,” said GRP (Perambur) inspector, S.Sekar, who initiated the programme.

The outpost can accommodate around 15 children.

The room has a blackboard and posters explaining the safety measures to be followed while travelling and road safety rules. The outpost is open for children between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. with two instructors including V.Bharathi, a woman GRP constable, on duty. The children say they like the new study room.

“The outpost is calm with better lighting to allow us to do our homework and study with concentration,” said S. Devi, a class VI student.

The police personnel say such initiatives will go a long way towards training children right living.

“With the police being involved in their lives, these children would not be approached anymore by criminals with the view of recruiting them for their gangs,” said GRP’s special sub-inspector, G. Adhi.

These children also help the police in the process, informing them about regular offenders.

“Our children have a safe place to study after the school hours and they also guide the police in understanding their subjects at the outpost,” said S. Murugan, a resident of Vysarpadi.

GRP Perambur invites volunteers to offer these children training in spoken English and vocational disciplines.

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