The Very Special People


Sunday, April 10, 2011



On a lazy Sunday afternoon, when I looked back on my life and asked a simple question to thy self- what is the most precious thing that I’ve? Without any hesitation, my inner voice echoed with the most important word of my life- “Education”. Yes, no doubt whatsoever “Education” is the most important and reliable thing of my life. Today in the world of materialistic emotions I feel, I just can’t even rely on money because it will also come to an end one day, but I know I’m well educated to make money and it’s my education, which has made me self dependent. Deep inside I know if I walk with such a confidence in this human jungle today, it’s because I’m well educated to handle every situation and I’m equally equipped to survive here. I’m sure that I just can’t be simply lost in this crowded world because I’m well educated to tackle everything with ease.

I saw a young poor child yesterday, and he looked to be around 5-6 years old. I saw his father, a beggar, besides him and suddenly, a question alarmed in my mind because he is born in a poor family his father cannot afford his education and as a result his whole future has jeopardized. This young child, who could have lived a brighter future, is suffering because he is not educated and the end result is- like his father, he is also begging on the roads of India. One deprived generation has given birth to another, and that’s not the end, there will be many to follow. I simply don’t want to just give them some money and leave them to live such an abysmal life. I just thought to myself, what if I could help this child get educated? Of course, there is no certainty that he will be a millionaire, but what I know is at least he won’t be begging on the streets for sure.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime ~~ Chinese Proverb

UNICEF has started a movement AWAAZ DO that provides a platform to ensure that no child in this country is denied the basic right to education. I have joined this movement and I urge you to pledge your support to this cause. It’s now your opportunity to make a difference.


For all the children between the age of 6 and 14 years have the right to free and quality education under the passed Right To Education (RTE) Act.

1. The RTE Act specifies minimum norms in government schools. It requires all private schools to reserve 25% of seats for children from poor families (to be reimbursed by the state as part of the public-private partnership).

2. The RTE Act also provides that no child shall be held back, expelled, or required to pass a board examination until the completion of elementary education. There is also a provision for special training of school drop-outs to bring them up to par with students of the same age.

3. The RTE Act is the first legislation in the world that puts the responsibility of ensuring enrolment, attendance and completion on the Government.
4. The Right to Education of persons with disabilities until 18 years of age has also been made a fundamental right. A number of other provisions regarding improvement of school infrastructure, teacher-student ratio and faculty are made in the Act.
The time is NOW! Make A Difference.

Stand up and make some noise! Join the Awaaz Do movement by signing up now for India's children.
Come forward and donate to UNICEF to help change 8 million lives.
Spread the word to your family and friends. You can SMS, e-mail or just talk to them and ask them to speak up and raise their voice for children. One voice makes a difference but together we can help change the fate of 8 million children. The time to begin is NOW!!