Thursday, May 17, 2007

Daughters of Bihar to appear in UNICEF calendar

It needs to be mentioned that Gudia Khatoon and Lalita also figured in the calendar on girls’ theme prepared by the Government of India. All the girls are achievers in their own way given the constraints they had to face.

Ten years old Abilasha Kumari from Lalbagh village of Nalanda district is the deputy education minister of her school. Not only is she a painter, but she convinced parents to send their daughters to school. About 50 girls of her village now go to school just because of her efforts.

Lalita of Khopraha village in Sitamarhi hails from Musahar community, the most backward of the Dalit sub-caste. She has appeared in Class-Xth exam recently and is a judo trainer.

Gudia Khatoon of Gaya was picked up by the UNICEF for the “State of the World’s Children” report in London. Angoori Khatoon of Muzaffarpur also acquired education when the circumstances did not favour her.

Payal, Savitri and Baby from Begusarai overcame opposition to make a mark in swimming, Sheela Kumari of Chapra and Chandini of Vaishali, both physically disabled set an example as to how disability can not be a handicap for those with a positive outlook on life.

The calendars with photographs of these girls will be distributed to all the schools free of cost by the BEP, said its Director, Anjani Kumar Singh.

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