“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world”- Malala Yousafzai
Signing off a receipt in a restaurant or issuing a cheque? We do not think twice while lettering out our signature except hoping that our signature is eligible enough. But in a village as remote as Dhusra just knowing how to sign their own name is a luxury.
Project Nanhi Kali in association with Nestle is continuing its campaign #EducateTheGirlChild in Jharkhand. Its aim is to educate the adult populace of a tribal village in Jharkhand with a population of 1000. Out of that 300 are women with only 26% literacy. The aim is to achieve 100% literacy amongst them.
Taking the mantle of this initiative is Sachidanand Mahato who is on a mission to teach these women how to sign. Most of these women determine to provide the best education to their daughter while making a living only by digging the soil.
Thumb impressions were the first thing that needed to be changed. Assisting him are the school teachers as well as their own daughters. Apart from doing their own homework they also keep a track of whether or not their mothers are doing the homework of writing their names.
The one consistent thing that comes out in the video is the passion of the girls to change their fate. An old adage of educating the girl to forward the education of everyone else seems to be coming true in this small but slowly literate village. The happiness on the faces of the girls when their mothers could write their names is probably unparalleled.
A hope that one day their daughters will own and wear expensive clothes shines brightly in the eyes of the mothers. The mothers might have been denied the right to a proper education but their daughters are claiming that right. And also making their mothers a part of that journey.
This is not the first time that the Nanhi Kali foundation has focussed on the education of a girl. It has been associating with Nestle to forward the importance of a girl’s education and the obstacles faced.
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind” -Virginia Woolf.