This is a story of a 9 year old girl called as Muskaan. I quote from this story which was sent to me by my friend.
All the books that have been provided by the Rajya Siksha Kendra are laid out on a mat, while other children residing in the slum eagerly wait for their turn to pick up one of them.
In December 2015, a team of the State Education Board visited the slum and gave the children about 25 books to share and read with the aim of creating an interest for reading among them. They also conducted a question-answer round to understand the academic level of the children and Muskaan, a student of Class 3, won the quiz. The officials were very impressed by her knowledge and zeal to learn more. And that is how they gave her the responsibility to educate other students in the area with the help of books provided by the centre. The children then received more books on Republic Day.
Muskaan, who is a one of the most intelligent children in her class, maintains a register to keep a track of the books taken by other children and when they have to be returned. Her elder sister Neha, who is a student of Class 7, helps her in this process.
“Currently, the officials have provided 119 books to the library, which is my responsibility and I love doing this. Other children in slum area take books and return them the other day. Some stay back to read here with me and ask questions where they don’t understand,” she told .
This way, the slum children have found a place to play, listen to stories, learn, and read together. Muskaan also conducts reading and discussion sessions where she reads a book aloud, and then they discuss it. They are now planning to ask for more books because most children have read all the books in stock. Muskaan’s father Manohar Ahirwar is a carpenter and her mother Maya is a housewife. They are proud of their daughters and said that both of them are very dedicated to their studies.
Impressive, eh? So I asked Ma to see if we can help her out in any way. Ma went there day before yesterday and met her. They live in the slums, its a desperately poor place and the classes and reading happens in a dark dingy room. They have problems to keep the books safe so Ma and I decided to donate a nice little steel cupboard with glass doors to them for them to keep the books safe from damp, insects and damage.
She is such a brave girl. 9 years old. I am seriously impressed by her motivation and dedication, there are not that many adults who can say that they have made a difference to 5 people forget about 9 year olds. Very impressed.
Here are some of the photographs which Ma clicked.