Of Dusty Classrooms And Big Dreamers

THE DAY WE DECIDE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

September 10th, 2019
Every day we assess development through various ways like information technology, aeronautics, or simply through those cross-functional extravagant hotels catering world cuisines and conveniences as per our desires. When you think of it, the things we associate with advancement or growth are just a minuscule part of the comprehensive world we live in. The greater composition of our population is made by the people building these infrastructures from the very scratch or working 12 hours doing all sorts of odd jobs. All the labor and hard work only to earn a daily wage in order to feed their family before sleep. In this journey of development, do we take them and their kids along with us to the path of progress? Do we keep in mind their upliftment let alone the fact that millions do not have access to even food?  Is our behavior towards the hardworking lower-level staff the same as our colleagues? Or for that matter are we even considering to give them an improved future? If we look closely and observe our own pattern of behavior, we would sadly find that all the answers to the above questions end in a big NO. Now, this is the point where all the expansion and progress gets lost. The biggest deterrent to this problem is the extremely low levels of literacy, not only in rural areas but in urban areas as well.
Literacy is not confined to the pages of textbooks. It makes an individual more informed about the rights and responsibilities. It is a tool that better prepares the individual to tackle exploitation more efficiently. It educates them about how exploitation comes in disguised ways and forms and how succumbing to any of its types is a crime in itself towards oneself. Every year on literacy day I see several posts on my social media and I wonder only if half the people actually started contributing in this direction instead of just posting, we as a community could give wings to lives of thousands and lakhs of children and adults who are deserving and passionate.
We at WordsWorth are taking our small steps towards educating the bright minds. The youth, who are the changemakers of a better tomorrow share a part of their knowledge with the kids who then, will stand up for what’s right. We induce leadership qualities and creative skills through stories and different activities. Every volunteer brings his/her uniqueness on the table and all of them together aim for these kids to be strong, fearless, confident individuals. Exploitation in the labor market happens when people are not well aware of their rights. This is because they were never taught to stand for themselves, never taught to raise their voice against wrongdoings. The future we aspire for is the one where all sections of the society are taken into account. This will happen when the generation taking over the country is well-read, well qualified. They say education is the biggest gift you can give to somebody. Looking at these brilliant minds and knowing them closely, I can vouch that these are some incredibly talented kids. Every child has their ability. The only thing required is resources and a push from us.
If we provide books to the children instead of making them work in factories, the menace of poverty and unemployment will be eliminated for good.

 

Nelson Mandela quoted “education is the biggest weapon which you can use to change the world”.
-Vibhuti Sikand
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