Reviving The Dreams Of A Child
I got a call from one Golu Kumar yesterday night at 11 p.m. Though we often talk but I got scared why was he calling so late at the night.
He said, “ae Sir, humko navva mei nahi jaana hai, hum aathwa mei hi padhna chahte hain” (Sir, I don’t want to read in Class IX, I want to read in Class VIII only)
Golu has been promoted to Class IX in the Government school but he wants to study in Class VIII. REASON: he says that he looked back at his books and doesn’t understand anything that he read in Class VIII.
My experience with him:
6 months ago: He said that he wants to learn mannerisms and be a good boy in one of PRAYOG’s workshops. Thanks to volunteers like Dr. Sarwar, Rajul, Thirumalai, Dadasaheb and so many who facilitate periodic workshops and create a wonderful atmosphere there!
5 months ago: He started calling me to find him a job in the town and his interest would be working in a factory or being a driver. Golu belongs to a tribal family (Gonds) and his parents are daily wage earners. This request carried on every time he called me or whenever I visited PRAYOG at Gopalganj.
In March, he was one of the fellows who went to West Bengal in an exposure visit, saw the world and interacted with school going children and the natural harshness students face there in the hills.
His thought process has changed and wants to keep learning now. I am happy, at least 1 prospective dropout was saved. But at the same time, our responsibilities have increased.
You can also join us and help us reach out to at-risk children. They have stopped dreaming and this should not die. Let us recreate their thought process and create a platform whereby they chase their dreams! Do send us your feedbacks at firstname.lastname@example.org