Blogger
in me loves doing different things, loves experimenting with different topics
and what better do you want than knowing that a blog post will make a
difference to someone. That’s exactly what it would.
From
little Satish who throws the newspaper to my balcony to the tiny chhotu who
serves me hot tea in office, we all come across a number of little kids who
cannot go to school, just because they need to work to earn a bread for
themselves and their families. That is what you call ‘classroom hunger’, a
typical scenario we often notice in our daily lives but still choose to ignore,
probably since it is not within our own lives. With God’s grace, we have been
lucky enough to have an availability of basic facilities in our lives.
While
I write these lines, I would like to share with you an incident which made me
ponder over the topic I am discussing with you. A couple of years back, I was
in Mumbai with 2 of my friends. We were enjoying the serene atmosphere and having
fun at the Marine Drive. It would be around 9.45-10 when three kids came to us
and started selling some children books. While the books seemed of no interest,
we still got involved in asking rates of various books just to pass time. But
at one moment, while one of the kids was telling us the rate of Nursery rhyme
book, the other chhotu started singing those nursery rhyme. This indeed touched
us, since they were selling those books to collect some money to get into a
mid-day school itself so that they could learn. They told that they learned
whatever their customers taught them through their own books and they were very
eager to learn more. But they could not since they have a family to support and
they are the ones who are feeding them. Their dedication to education was what
inspired us to purchase few books from them, just because we wanted to help
them but they refused to have anything in charity. Another thing that touched
us was that while they seemed so helpless to us since they could not even
learn, they had learned the art of being happy. I also clicked a pic of them to
inspire me to be happy unconditionally.
Lets Learn to be Unconditionally Happy!
However.
this incident also brings me face-to-face with a reality that many kids suffer
from ‘classroom hunger’ and there is a great need to eliminate this classroom
hunger. Children in poor families are often made to work to act as a helping
hand to the main bread-earning member of the family. Lesser do they realize that
educating the children will sow more sweet fruits in the future.  These days, a new serial is also featuring on
Colors TV titled ‘Udaan’ which also highlights the need of education to the
poverty-ridden families and shows the transformation in the life of a village
girl and her family after she is exposed to formal education system. So, the
need of the hour is spreading awareness about the importance of education and discouraging
the child labour practices in the country.
So,
lets eliminate classroom hunger and instead let’s join hands to see in them ‘hunger
to learn’. Proud to be associated with Bloggers’ Social Responsibility
Initiative.

I am going to #BlogToFeedAChild with Akshaya Patra and BlogAdda.

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