Kumari Geeta: Her journey, her achievements
Severe economic hardships forced Kumari Geeta and her two older siblings, living in Siyani Village of Barmer district (Rajasthan), out of school. As a child of daily wage earners, Geeta had lost all hope of being educated.
But the family saw a ray of light when an Education Volunteer from the Satya Bharti Learning Centre approached them, sharing the aim of the Satya Bharti Learning Centre Program of bridging the education gap of out-of-school children and mainstreaming them into regular schools. At first, Geeta’s parents were concerned about the costs associated with the program, but they were then counselled and informed that the Satya Bharti Learning Centre imposes no cost on them. The impact that quality education could have on Geeta’s life and how it would change all of theirs as a consequence was emphasized with zeal.
And with this began Geeta’s journey to a better future for herself and for her family. Each day, Geeta would travel to the Learning Centre where she would pay close attention to all concepts taught to her. Very soon, her hard work paid off! In 2015, she filled in her application form for the coveted seat at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) and within three months, she secured admission into KGBV, Siyani.
Today, Geeta is in Class VIII at KGBV, Siyani and is determined to achieve all her dreams. Asmita, Principal, KGBV, Siyani expressed, “Geeta has come a long way from being a shy out-of-school child to a confident young woman. She is doing well in academics, especially Hindi and Social Science, and also excels in extra-curricular activities such as drawing and sports. Geeta also participated in the District-level Kho-Kho Competition along with her friends this August. Her experiences have encouraged her to continue her education and we wish her the very best in all her endeavours.
Reflecting on her arduous journey thus far, Geeta said, “I am lucky to have supportive parents and siblings who have helped me come this far! And with me now in KGBV, my parents are happy with my success; they visit me twice a month at school. I am motivated to work hard and I want to become a teacher when I grow up.
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