After the homeschooled Mumbai girl Malvika Joshi made it to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a 16-year-old tribal girl, Asha Gond, form Janwaar (Madhya Pradesh) will soon be travelling to the UK to study English Language in an Oxford school.
The Hindustan Times on Sunday reported that Asha will be travelling to UK as soon as her passport formalities are over. According to the report, Asha was introduced to the language recently but she learned it very quickly and developed a predilection for the same. She is able to pursue her dream with encouragement and support from a German woman Ulrike Reinhard, who teaches skating and English language to school children in Janwaar.
When Ulrike saw Asha’s brilliant performance in the language in 10th standard, she promised Asha an education in UK. However, the path was not easy.
HT reported that it took Ulrike nearly eight months to convince Asha’s parents. Ulrike said that the villagers wanted to marry her off as soon as she turned 18. She also took the help of Lokendra Pratap Singh, MLA of Panna constituency, and Asha’s school teacher Awadh Bihari to help convince the parents.
Asha herself, HT reports, never backed down and kept trying to persuade her parents. According to Ulrike, Asha’s parents had promised not to marry her off when she comes back. Instead, she will be doing a job besides teaching students in Janwaar.