I had noticed the topic of the Surf Excel Magic #Get Smart Contest ... 'If you had two extra hours in a day, how would you spend it?'...But never knew what would I do with my extra hours...
At least not till I met her....Yesterday... She must be hardly ten years old...dressed in rags... dirty face... unclean hair... she resembled a perfect Indian beggar.....She did smile....even though her hands were empty, no one bothered to give her a penny.. still she begged...she had the famous ''slumdog millionaire'' versus on her lips.... her body swinged to the rhyme...She came to me......I hunted for a coin in my bag....gave it to her...she did thank my generosity.. for it was the very first penny of that day!!!! but her smile grew more wide..when I gave her a chocolate bar..... the chocolate meant more for her...
"Is it cadbury???"
" Read it for yourself..its written on the wrapper.."
A dejected,,, rather more disappointed voice in her replied ,,
" I don't know .....alphabets.... I cant read.....they never sent us to schoool...."
" You don't go to school???"
"No....there is one near our jhopda (slum)...but they don't take us in and we have to earn ..going to school never fills stomach"
she moved further....But i was moved more,,,by her words...her helplessnessI decided....the two extra hours of my life....I would do something for them... In case I get the two hours.....It would be for them.....Our country got ample of educated youth...but they need to be gathered.....to educate the uneducated....I would open up night schools for them.... The 26th hour for education..... UNICEF says,, 20% of Indian children aged 6-14 do not attend school.
While kins of the rich study in high profile schools...most of them least bothered about the value of the fortune they receive...let these children of the streets learn something... at least to earn a living They are often deprived of education ... only because they cant afford to sacrifice their earning hours to be spent in schoolMany of them work in restaurants...many as rag pickers..many serve domestic help...and everyone ... loses educationand again they grow up only to create another generation like them... the ones who again miss schools only to earn a living For them education is for the rich....And in this country where educations seems to be more of a business ...the poor ones are often left behind
I would spend my extra two hours for them,,,,
A NIGHT SCHOOL something they wont deny attending At least it wont affect their daily wages.....and offer them free education At east they would be capable to read the hoardings ,, notices,,and necessary stuff...They can be made aware of the challenges our country face....they could be let known that there exists a world beyond begging,,,...