Bhopal, India: This 9-Year-Old ‘Librarian’ Educates Kids in Her Slum
BRICS, 12 Sep 2016
10 Sep 2016 – Class III student Muskaan Ahirwar, who lives in a slum in Bhopal, is a firm believer in Nelson Mandela’s famous quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
This girl has set up a library in a slum, where she lives, with over 120 of her own books so that she could help educate the children living in the area.
“I am very happy. My parents and my friends are also extremely happy. I want to be a doctor in (the) future. I had started the library with 121 books…now I have many books. Now around 50 kids come here. I would like to invite the kids who do not come here and tell them to be something when they grow up,” Muskaan told ANI.
Muskaan, who wants to be a doctor, was awarded the ‘Thought Leader’ award by NITI Aayog in Delhi on Friday [9 Sep].
She is the youngest recipient of the award, and received the honour from wrestler and Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik.
“It’s like a dream for me. I am very happy that my daughter is going to Delhi. I have never thought about it,” Muskaan’s father Monohar Ahirwar said.
Niti Aayog on Friday declared 12 winners of its ‘Women Transforming India’ campaign.
The online campaign was launched on International Women’s Day this year by NITI Aayog, in partnership with MyGov and the United Nations in India, to crowd-source stories of women who make a difference.
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