Babar Ali’s school is completely different from other formal schools. First of all, we do not have a senior person as Headmaster. It is a young boy- Babar Ali – who serves as Headmaster.
The teachers are also different. All teacher volunteers are students who use their free time productively to teach the less fortunate, and the fact that they are not very senior to the students helps them in getting the attention of their pupils. People who bring pupils to school are illiterates like the fishmonger Tulu Rani Hazra. The pupils themselves are those who are keen to learn despite hardships in life. They help their families by working and earning money, but fulfil their desire for education by attending Babar Ali’s school. Finally, like Tagore’s Shantiniketan, the school has no building. The classes are conducted in the open, under the open sky. Thus the school is so unusual that it is almost unbelievable that such a school exists.