“If a girl is educated then the whole family is educated, says Zada on the importance of girl child.”
She sings the praises of the Nand Ghars, “with its infusion of fun-filled learning, critical for children to look upon school and education as something that is friendly, welcoming, soft …. not hard. “
“I have no big dreams for my daughters or grandchildren. But they must read and they must educate themselves. As long as I am alive I will ensure that and I am thankful that Nand Ghar here has given my grandchildren a head-start”
The Nand Ghar, steps away from their home, with its friendly ambience has made Sharifa and her husband consider the possibility of learning the alphabet.
Mother of three children
She seems to be only intent in ensuring that her two children continue their education “forever and ever”. She says this without smiling.
“As long as you work on the land, there is no compelling incentive for parents to send girls to school. That is changing as more and more people migrate to cities”
Nand Ghars, offers a respite from daily chores, in an atmosphere where there is clean running water, electricity to keep the heat at bay and toilets that give an added measure of dignity!
“The attendance of children attending classes has tripled since Nand Ghar came up in the village.”