Students eat their lunch inside a classroom constructed from mud and old cement bags at the Aman Setu school in Pune, about 118 mile from Mumbai. Almost every part of the school is made out of recycled material, including roofs constructed from old hoardings, walls built from plastic bottles, and hand-stitched uniforms made out of eco-friendly 'khadi', or handspun, cloth. Inside the school consisting of just two one-story structures, which house four classrooms, students sit on rattan mats on a cow dung-plastered floor, use textbooks handed down from other students, and grow their own vegetables in a small garden.
Makeshift and recycled classrooms are increasingly vital to lower-income children as the cost of private education in India continues to rise.
(Photo: Vivek Prakash/Reuters)