It warms and breaks my heart at the same time, when I witness scenes like these.
These are kids attending one of our non-formal schools for migrant labour class, who would never come to school, if we do not allow them to get their siblings along. What strikes me most whenever I meet them though, is their urge to study and move ahead in life, defying all odds. While we read innumerable cases about the lack of interest in going to school/ parents sending them to school etc.., these cases serve as the rays of hope, more so when we see a spurt in them , and in what such kids are achieving too.
Bagu for example, is one such kid who made it big!
Bagu’s parents work as construction labourers for daily wages. He had to drop out of school when he was 13, due to obvious reasons. When someone brought this to our notice, and we urged him to continue his education and support it too, there was no stopping Bagu.
Bagu wrote the Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission into engineering after his diploma and secured the second rank (state-level). He has joined engineering in a reputed college this year, and aims to join the civil services.
What more can I say? These are the people who keep us going. These kids are my beacons of light. 🙂