The story of Dost Ali, studying at Satya Bharti Learning Centre, Bhag Bhare Ki Beri, Barmer (Rajasthan)
Dost Ali, a highly spirited child from the remote village of Dhorimana (Rajasthan) lives with his family of ten members. Being the youngest in his family, he is showered with endless love by all his family members. His father, Neeraj Khan has always been particular about his children’s education. He understands the importance of education for a brighter future. Khan always encouraged his children to attend school, however, his efforts were in vain when it came to Dost Ali. Unlike his siblings, Dost was not interested in going to school. He was a carefree child and enjoyed roaming around with other children who never went to a school or dropped out due to various reasons. The concerns of Dost’s parents grew when they were unable to convince him to continue his education.
Hanif and Barkat, neighbours of the family regularly visited his house and emphasised with Khan. They decided to help persuade Dost to go to school. They introduced school as a place for play and also assured Dost that he could attend classes for only two hours a day in the company of his own friends. Together they will be served nutritious Mid-Day Meals and play as much as they like. After persistent persuasion, Dost half-heartedly agreed to go to school. Hanif and Barkat immediately contacted the Satya Bharti Learning Centre in their village and got him enrolled into the remedial classes. Dost was provided with all the study material including books, stationary, etc. by the centre. Initially, Dost wasn’t interested in the classroom sessions, however, witnessing the enthusiasm of his classmates, he too developed interest and began to actively participate in activities like painting, poem recitation, etc. Within few months, Dost emerged as a regular student at the Satya Bharti Learning Centre. He even overcame the language barrier which was a big hindrance in his education earlier and started grasping both Hindi and English lessons.
Dost Ali has become an avid learner and a role model for many other children in his village. He added, “I really enjoy studying at the Satya Bharti Learning Centre. I have made so many new friends here, we learn and play together. My dream is to become a teacher and teach thousands of children in future.”
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