“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”-Nelson Mandela
Indeed, education can change lives!
In a small village somewhere deep inside a rural region of India, a child aspires to become an IAS officer. His aspirations inspire the world around him. Somewhere, deep within the remote areas of India, another dream thrives as one more child gets enrolled in a school. At the Satya Bharti Schools, many first generation learnings learn to dream to become whoever they want to be, and many such children nurture many more dreams by coming back to their schools to teach others.
In Rajasthan, the Satya Bharti School students have come back to their schools to educate the children of their communities. They have suffered hardships, faced challenges, fought back, overcome all hurdles and have shone bright; and now, they are back at their schools to bring about a wave of transformation in the community by teaching many others as volunteer teachers. We bring to you, some of the stories of courage and determination:
Fuli Devi studied from the Satya Bharti School, Bhalu Kumbhania, Rajsthan. Despite having seen many economic challenges as her father passed away, Fuli Devi has always been strong and determined. As a student, Fuli was very disciplined and punctual. She had a knack for drawing and even participated in many competitions. In the year 2014, she won the Rang Tarang award. Currently, Fuli is pursuing B.A. from Rana Ugam Singh Mahavidyalaya, Balesar, Rajsthan. She aspires to make teaching her profession and has come back to her school as a volunteer teacher to start the journey towards fulfilling her dream.
Dhapu Kanwar joined the Satya Bharti School, Gumansinghpura, Rajasthan, in the year 2008 in class III. Dhapu’s father, the sole bread earner for a family with seven children, passed away when Dhapu was very young. However, she didn’t let her determination low and focused on her education. During her school days, she was a shy and sincere student. She has a keen interest in reading books, and playing carom and kho-kho. After Dhapu passed her class XII board exams, she started her B.A. from Shegarh College (JNVU, Jodhpur), Rajasthan. She dreams of joining the Rajasthan Police Service someday. Dhapu has started teaching in the Satya Bharti School, Gumansinghpura on voluntary basis. She says, “Here, with my school, I have an emotional attachment. More so, the schools gives me a safe environment to work in. I am glad to be back, and to be able to contribute in some way.”
Bhawana was enrolled into the Satya Bharti School, Dasaniya, Rajasthan in class III in the year 2009. Due to unavailability of any vehicular means, she used to come to the school on foot, which was about five kilometers from her place. Despite having to travel so much on foot, she did not give up on her education. An honest and hardworking student, Bhawana left no stone unturned to achieve her goals. She scored 72.4% in her class XII board exams, bagging the first position in school. Apart from having an interest in mathematics, she also enjoyed various co-scholastic activities such as drawing, dancing and playing kho-kho. Bhawana is currently pursuing her B.A. from VMOU, Kota, Rajasthan. An aspiration that Bhawana holds close to her heart is to become a teacher and share knowledge. She wants to encourage more and more children to pursue education and chase their dreams, come what may. Bhawana has volunteered to come back to her school and teach the children of her community. She says, “I want to motivate more and more girl children to pursue what they are passionate about, just like I was encouraged to do by my teachers. Satya Bharti School gave me a healthy environment to study and now, is giving me a safe and healthy environment to work.”
Our journey to the end goal might have many hurdles but we should keep our eyes set on the goal and work hard to achieve it. Despite the challenges that came her way, Priya always focused on the result. Priya’s father Bhawani Singh is a driver and her mother Sohan Kanwar is the house maker. In the year 2008, Priya was enrolled into the Satya Bharti School, Kanasar, Rajasthan, in class II. The school was far from where she resided, yet she remained dedicated towards her studies. In her community, girls were not encouraged to pursue schooling much but she didn’t let that come in the way of her education. She was a shy child who liked to read in her spare time. A sincere and punctual student, Priya was always a hard worker. She also loved to play kho-kho. Priya always aspired to be a doctor. In her class XI, she opted for the science stream and is now pursuing her B.Sc. from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. She is also volunteering as a teacher in the Satya Bharti School, Kanasar.
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