As a landmark education bill proposing free schooling for children between six and 14 makes its way through India's parliament, school buses have been converted to mobile classrooms for children in the Delhi slums. Photos: DFID/Nick Cunard
As buses are rolled out across Delhi, it is estimated that 5,000 more children will have access to education.
Pramod - who attends bus classes- used to ferry ingredients to his father's tea shop rather than attend school. "I felt ashamed at not being in a uniform, carrying vegetables instead of books," he says.
Former school bus student Shaheen says she wants to pursue a career in medicine. After being spotted roaming the streets by a bus school staff member she began lessons and has since transferred to a local school.
The decision to attend the bus school is never easy. Shaheen's mother sells corn to labourers. A widow with other children to care for too, she was eventually persuaded to allow Shaheen to attend classes.
Many new bus schools are now being introduced to Delhi. The scheme is part of Sarva Shiksha, Abhiyaan (SSA), the education programme of the Indian government, which is supported by the UK government's Department for International Development.
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