This 9-Year-Old From Bhopal Runs A Library To Educate Other Kids In Her Slum

At the time when you and I were too busy troubling our parents for a new toy, dress, yada yada yada, Muskaan Ahirwar realized the bigger problems in the society, which most of us still pretend to be unaware of, and started a library to educate other children in her slum who are devoid of something as basic (to us, of course) as education.



Through crowded, shanty alleys, surrounded by the excited groups of children, stands a “Bal Pustakalaya” in the slum area which is run by this 9 year old. Every day, after coming back from school, she sets up the library at around 4 PM outside her house.
Last year when the State Education Board visited this slum they gave about 25 books to children to share and read. They held a question-answer round to know more about education of children. Muskaan won the quiz and the officials decided to give her the responsibility of educating other students in slum and since then she has responded to it dutifully.
“Currently officials have provided 119 books to the library, which is my responsibility and I love doing this. Other children in slum area, take books and then return other day. Some stay back to read here with me and ask questions where they don’t understand,” said Muskaan, in an interview with Times of India.
As we go on about our 9-5 lives, working for a higher bank balance, fancy vacation and for everything a little more than we need, this 9-year-old, through this example is putting all of us to shame. Yet, another instance where the lack of facilities is overshadowed by the zeal of little, bubbling children to study, aspiring to do something for the nation when ironically, the nation is not doing enough for them.

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