“I can write and I can read, tomorrow I will lead”
Alisha, student, Satya Bharti Learning Centre, Jitko, Jharkhand
Alisha and her three siblings live in the remote block Amrapara in Jharkhand with their father, Lakhi Ram. His meagre income was often insufficient to meet even the basic needs of his family. Bearing the cost of education for his children was a distant dream for Lakhi Ram. During a survey conducted by the Satya Bharti Learning Centre program team in Jitko (Jharkhand); Alisha was identified as an Out of School Child.
The dedicated Education Volunteers met with Alisha’s father to convince him to enroll her at the Learning Centre. During the counselling sessions they learnt that the family had no choice but to withdraw Alisha from school after Class I due to severe financial constraints. Subsequent to this she started collecting scraps from the forest along with some children of her age to support the family income.
Enrolled in the centre after a long gap in her education, Alisha remains spirited and shows an insatiable quest for knowledge. She has begun to master rhymes, the English alphabet and numerals with the help of Education Volunteers engaged by Bharti Foundation at the Learning Centre. Active participation in Bal Sabhas (morning meetings) has further sharpened her skills and added to her holistic development. Alisha’s sincere efforts and urge to break free from the shackles of illiteracy has finally paid off and she has been mainstreamed into Class 2 at the Government School where the centre is being run.
Alisha still goes to collect scraps from the forests, however today there is a spring in her steps as she looks forward to a brighter future. A girl who had no hope for an education, today dreams of becoming a teacher and spreading the light of knowledge in her remote village.
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