Kher wants to teach underprivileged kids

Jan 12, 2009 Subhash K Jha

Mumbai, Jan 13 (IANS) Apart from filmmaking and acting, veteran actor Anupam Kher wants to help underprivileged children by launching an education programme of the School Of Life that he runs.

"We want to provide education to the disadvantaged kids, children who were born in impoverished families, or were destitutes by destiny or forced to beg and feed themselves on the street," Anupam, who has also started his acting school Actor Prepares, told IANS.

"We've formulated a plan that would not only provide them with education but also show them how to cope with the situations that put them in the compromised position vis-à-vis our social milieu," he added.

The School of Life is a part of the Anupam Kher Foundation.

"We're calling it the School Of Life because we want to show kids how not to get frustrated with the knocks of life, how to deal with poverty, humility and rejection and other negative forces in life. We want to prepare our children to combat abuse in every guise so that there would be no child abuse and no children growing up as victims of alcohol and drug abuse," said Anupam.

The children's education scheme will be run by a team, which will be headed by Ujjawal Chatterjee, the young man whom Anupam discovered during the Times Of India's Lead India campaign.

"I'll focus on raising the funds. I want this programme to reach the farthest corner of our country because there're many people who want to come forward to provide assistance to the needy but don't know how to," said Anupam, who recently wowed audiences with his performance in "A Wednesday".

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