Malala Yousafzai, who won Nobel Prize for promoting female education, will certainly be thrilled to see the transformation taking place in Khora, a sprawling unauthorised under developed Colony in Ghaziabad UP. Khora is spread over 12 square kilometers in area but accommodates 1.2 million people, who migrated mostly from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in search of livelihood. Educating children, especially girls, is anathema to them. The Muslim community, therefore, have been sending their daughters only to the nearby Madarsas.
All that changed when Rasta started working in the area in 2007. Rasta’s committed Field Workers coaxed and cajoled girls from each family to come to the Non Formal Education classes, started within the Colony, in a rented multi-storeyed building, thanks to the generous donation from TECH MAHINDRA FOUNDATION in the beginning and later THE HANS FOUNDATION. The ‘Non Formal Education’ which started with 40 girls enrolled 300 in 3 months. Now it is known as “RASTA SCHOOL, KHORA”, educating 510 girls – 80% from Muslim families – from Pre-School to Class X, its first batch of 15 girls having already passed X in 2013-14. The School has been recognized by the District Basic Education Officer, Ghaziabad, UP, vide their letter No.6993-95 dated 9/1/2015.