Underprivileged,yet they manage to make a mark

Starting his day delivering newspapers followed by washing cars and doing other odd jobs,Pramod Kumar still managed to pass Class XII exam in non-medical stream.

Written by SUKHMANI KAUR | Chandigarh | Published:May 28, 2013 3:47 am

Starting his day delivering newspapers followed by washing cars and doing other odd jobs,Pramod Kumar still managed to pass Class XII exam in non-medical stream. He is one of the 11 students of Theatre Age who passed the exam.

Pramod,a resident of Sector 53,is the son of a labourer. He used to start his day by delivering newspapers. Thereafter,his work was to wash the cars of the nearby areas and followed by working at a dhaba. He also used to help his father in his tedious job.

In a survey conducted by NGO Theatre Age,Pramod was one of the children who wanted to study. The NGO adopted Pramod and took care of his studies. He was given admission at Government High School,Sector 24,where he appeared for Class VIII board examination and cleared the same in the first attempt. Thereon,he has been studying and working with a dance academy in Sector 48 as an assistant choreographer.

The journey of Theatre Age started in 1992 when Zulfikar Khan,the president of the NGO,took a step to educate the underprivileged students who were working as rag pickers,domestic help,etc. Their families were not able to finance their education. It was through selling old newspapers that the students’ education was funded by the NGO.

This year,13 students of the NGO,appeared for the CBSE Class XII examination,out of which 11 of them cleared the exam with second division. Rahul,whose father is a vendor and mother a domestic helper,cleared the exam by scoring 55 per cent marks. He was a student before he came into contact with the NGO,but his family could not provide him with sufficient funds to continue with his education.

Vicky,son of a peon,scored 57 per cent,while Manish whose father is an auto driver scored 50.2 per cent. Another student,Anoop,was a rag picker,and used to help his mother with the same. Raju,son of a washerman,also cleared the exam.

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