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Renu wants to be a Police Officer!
|by V. K. Joshi (Bijji)|
Yes, this is what Renu Gautam of class VIII of Kasturba Gandhi Awaseeya, Balika Vidyalaya, (KGBV) Gosainganj said. She is a unique girl-an athlete of high order, a top winner in ‘Kabbaddi’, 600 and 400 m races, High Jump and Long Jump. But that is not the end; she scores average 98% marks in academics too!
The KGBV at Gosainganj about 30 km from Lucknow is exclusive as it caters to dropouts, daughters of single parents, daughters without parents, girls who have never been to school before and girls who are maltreated by their foster parents/relatives. The school starts from class VI. It is really a wonder, how these little ones learn so well and so fast that they are able to compete with girls of other schools.
The sad part is that the facility of free education, books, stationery, boarding, lodging, school uniform etc. is available till class VIII. The girls, on the other hand get attached to the teachers and the school that even during holidays they do not want to go back home, instead wish to spend holidays with their teachers. Poor parents of these girls find it difficult to educate them further and as such the girls are compelled to pursue the family traits or remain at home to do various chores.
Some KGBVs have started imparting skills for making various handicrafts like decorative items, greeting cards etc. But unfortunately their crafts are not show cased properly. It is time that NGOs come forward to show case the artifacts made by these girls and share the income with them. The schools can promote such activities so that even after leaving the school girls continue to earn something. Some of them surely would come up as entrepreneurs in this field.
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