For the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I’m blogging 26 days in April based on the alphabet and bringing you stories from the nonprofit Project Why.
Born on October 15, 2000, Kiran is as old as Project Why, and her name means ‘a ray of sunshine.’ From the day after her birth, Kiran became a part of the Project Why Family, because her aunt worked there. She also became Anouradha Bakshi‘s (the founder of Project Why) favorite, sharing her birthday with Anouradha’s mother.
As the years passed, it was time to go to pre-school, where Kiran was a stellar student. Her early education days were also an eye opener for Project Why as it was able to assess first-hand the quality of commercial pre-schools.
When Kiran grew old enough for regular school, her family faced a mind-boggling number of criteria, innumerable forms, and finally, rejections from the English Medium Public School. This is the reality for all parents who want their child admitted to a good public school in New Delhi.
One day, a man came to see her family and said that he could get Kiran an admission, provided the family paid him a ‘commission’ of 20 thousand rupees. The amount was to be paid after admission. With the help of friends in the media, Project Why engineered a sting operation. The media house got Kiran admitted in another school. The man was arrested on charges of accepting bribery. A drop in the ocean but a step in the right direction!
Kiran is now 15 and is a regular rebellious teenager who is not shy of speaking up and defending herself. She has her likes and dislikes, her opinions and beliefs just like any other girl her age. But she lives in a slum, where patriarchy rules, so she has to battle for her rights, make compromises and sometimes even give in.
Kiran loves her family as well as her freedom, and Project Why eagerly waits for her to find the career and future of her dreams.
Is corruption a fact of life in school admissions where you live? Would you donate to ensure that Project Why can take education to more children? What would you say to Kiran?
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