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The family of five members reside in a clustered accommodation with just one bedroom and kitchen for which they pay about Rs 1000/- every month. They have to Share the washroom and toilet with other members from their community. Yet they adjust without any contempt’s, whatsoever. She has two sisters. Her father’s qualification is primary level only and her mother is illiterate.
Rukasar is 13 years old and has been at Literacy India for the last 2 years. Her family moved to this area 15 years ago and Rukasar previously attended a government school in Krishna Chowk for four years before joining Literacy India.Because of her limited previous education, Rukasar struggles somewhat academically. She is a quite weak in both SST and English, and although her Hindi standards are reasonable, she doesn’t enjoy this subject much. She takes more enjoyment from learning English and although her results are poor, she has recently started to take part in a new remedial class after school with Elizabeth ma’am.
Rukasar comes from a large family of six children. Of her three sisters, two are in there twenties and already married to their husbands who work in a jewellery shop and a factory. Her elder brother is also married and works as a driver.
Although Rukasar’s 8 year old brother Jamil is also studying in Literacy India, her other sister is 15 and already working in a candle factory alongside their mother. She did not go to school.
Whilst it’s promising that the two youngest children are both attending school, there is still a lot of focus on work in the Ahmed family which is required in order to keep the family supported. Rukasar’s sister and mother both work long days in the candle factory as does her father who has his own tailor’s shop.
Although Rukasar does have time to take extra classes immediately after school and is also able to study at home on weekends, there is a possibility she would need to take on work at a young age that will distract from her studies or prevent her from progressing further in education at all.
Sadivya is a great example of a bright student doing very well at Literacy India. She has a positive and hardworking approach to her studies.Sadivya is ten years old and lives close to the school in Bajghera with her mother, father and her eight year old sister, Naziya, who is in class 3A here at Literacy India. Her family are originally from Raachi but moved here before having a family, so Sadivya has only attended another school around Bajghera for a few weeks before moving to Literacy India around 5 years ago. Her father works in a small workshop that dyes clothes for a clothes manufacturer whilst her mother is a housewife.
Although her family lives just a short walk from school, Sadivya tends to wake up very early at around 3 or 4 AM, in order to carry out Muslim prayer with her mother. After this Sadivya will often spend the morning studying before heading to school.
At school Sadivya is a very able student. She has been in the English medium class for around three years, and English is one of her strongest and most enjoyable subjects along with Science. She needs no translator during our conversation in English and she ably tells me about her studies and hobbies. She tells me there isn’t a subject she particularly dislikes, and the fact that she is at the overall top of the class with her marks is evidence of her approach to school as whole.
Although Sadivya explains that “My favourite hobby is studying,” she is also keen to share her interests beyond her studies: She takes time to read the newspaper at school, she plays cricket with her neighbours on Sundays, often plays badminton with her sister, and she also describes the game of Carom Board to me.
Her extra tuition in a group with a nearby public school seems to really help her along in her development but it seems her overall attitude and work ethic is driving her forward very well at the age of ten. “If I get the opportunity, I want to become a doctor” she explains.
Savita is 9 years old and not doing well in school. Her academic studies are a constant up hill struggle. She loves coking to school and has 100% attendance but has difficulty understanding basic instructions, or admitting when she has a problem. Her written work is very slow and she labour’s over even the simplest of copying tasks. Her teacher works hard to make sure she is given additional one on one instructions, and has set up extra classes to try and make sure she does not fall further behind than she already is.
She receives little help at home as her parents both work long hours, her father as a gardener and her mother as a house maid. They are not very well educated themselves and in low income jobs, so giving support with academic studies isn’t easy for them.
Her brother, who is 12, tries to help her with her favourite subject, English. He helps her to read a poem, ‘Brush, Brush, Brush’ from her English text book, but even with this extra practise she finds school hard work. In the future she hopes to become a tailor as she likes the look and texture of new fabric. Her brother is also trying to teach her basic stitching, with the help of their neighbour who works as a tailor. She hopes this will give her a head start in the future if she continues to find school, so hard.
Sumit has been a student of Literacy India for 3 years and currently studies in class 3. His family has migrated from Bihar and is living in Ganga Vihar. Sumit has a younger brother Avneet who is also a student of this school and they live in a one room house in Ganga Vihar.
Sumit is one of those children who are extremely creative, think out of the box and have a certain knack for logic and problem solving. He has a talent for math but he has always struggled with language and so is easily distracted and finds it hard to concentrate on tasks for an extended period of time which in turn is holding him back in class. Sumit has always been a shy kid. His eccentric mannerisms made him an easy target for bullies. Sumit’s silent demeanor and introverted personality kept him struggling to find his own in an extroverted school environment but he has come a long way and is slowly finding confidence to participate in school activities.
Sumit has had a difficult childhood. His family has constantly struggled to pay medical bills and keep good health for its members. When he was younger, Sumit had an elder brother who suffered from a heart condition. After spending lakhs on various surgeries, doctors gave the family good news and told them to take their son home. Unfortunately he became sick again and passed away within months of being discharged. His death affected Sumit emotionally and his mother has expressed how reserved and withdrawn he became after the incident. Sumit’s mother is the sole bread earner of the family and currently works in an export fabric factory in Udyog Vihar Gurgaon. Her husband has suffered from a serious liver condition for the past 8 years and hasn’t been fit enough to hold a job. Sumit himself has a fragile health. He quit Literacy India for a couple of months and joined a government school because of his inability to walk daily to school. After being extremely dissatisfied and unhappy with education in that school, his mother approached school with their case. After an analysis of their financial situation and taking into account all their health concerns, Sumit was readmitted and was given bus facilities. He is now happy and healthy, attending school regularly.
After being readmitted, Sumit was taken to a specialist to evaluate his attention deficient tendencies. The doctor informed his teachers that Sumit struggled in school because of his shyness and he used distractions to stay out of social situations. Being aware of his needs, his teachers have now focused on easing him into tasks that require working with a group while empowering him to have the independence to work on his own when needed. His work has been constantly improving and he has slowly started speaking in front of his class mates, even volunteering to do so a few times.
Komal, her teacher is encouraging her by including more class activities that encourage public speaking, and interacting with other students. This has begun recently and will hopefully make a positive change in the coming weeks and months building her participation in a range of different activities, and helping her to meet more confident so she can fulfil her ideas of becoming a teacher or a tailor.
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