3) Archana Shah
Archana is eleven years old and having joined Literacy India three years ago she is now in the seventh grade. She lives about a ten minute walk from school in Palam Vihar, with her mother, father and her two brothers, Nitish and Vishal, who are ten and thirteen years old.
Archana’s family come from Bihar, where she was born, and moved here when Archana was nine. Now her father is a welder here in Gurgaon and her mother is a housewife.
Archana is a dedicated student who takes time over her studies and has various wider interests too. She loves to draw as well as paint, which is one way she often makes use of her spare time. She also plays badminton on a weekly basis.
Archana is a great student and told us that her best subjects at school are Science and Maths, as well as English, for which she also keenly attends an evening class in New Palam Vihar.
Archana was one of several Literacy India students recently featured in The Times of India who are receiving mentoring from the international organisation MENSA. She is part of a group of students from underprivileged areas in Delhi and Gurgaon who have been identified as being extremely able with a high IQ.
Archana comes across as a friendly, thoughtful student and as well as talking warmly about school trips to Agra and various sites in Delhi, she enjoyed telling us about her dream to work as a fashion designer.