Watch: For Girls From This Delhi Slum, Education Is Empowerment
‘’Only when one person does it will everyone else think that they can also do it. “
Those are the words of an 18-year-old girl, aspiring to be an IAS officer, who hails from the slums of Sarita Vihar, New Delhi. Like her, there many girls from here who dare to dream big. Circumstances have not been kind to them but that has not stopped them.
Meet Preeti, Ankita, Baby and Gudiya, four residents of Sarita Vihar slums who have outdone everyone’s expectations by scoring well in their 12th Board CBSE Examinations.
‘I had to Leave my Studies in Between’
Ankita Yadav recounts the struggles she had to face during preparation for her 12th standard CBSE Exams. Having fallen seriously ill just before the exams, Ankita had to skip school for almost 10-15 days which made her fall back in the portions a lot.
Two Rooms, 9 People; It was too Crowded
While Ankita had issues with her health, Preeti never had a conducive environment to study. She has nine members in her family and only 2 rooms, so it was difficult for her to concentrate. Along with that, she also had to juggle between her responsibilities at home and studies.
‘Koshish School Really Helped us’
There were many problems but an NGO called Koshish School stepped in.
Koshish provides specialised guidance and training to students who are enrolled with government schools. We spoke to founder-director of Koshish Dr Ajjanta Chakravarty.
Baby and Gudiya explained to us how the school has helped them in their preparation for the 12th exams.
‘I Want to Buy a Flat for my Father’
Taking on each problem that was thrown at them, Preeti, Baby, Gudiya and Ankita outdid everyone’s expectations and scored well. While Ankita, Baby and Gudiya want to become teachers, Preeti aspires to be an IAS officer.