Meet 9-Year-Old Muskaan Who Runs Library In Bhopal’s Slum

Nine-year-old Muskaan Ahirwar, who lives in the slums of Arera Hills in Bhopal is an inspiration for all, as she imparts education to the slum kids by running a library. At this tender age when other children scamper around in their free time, this class 3 student takes on the role of a librarian. Muskaan’s library which is known as Bal Pustakalay is set up for the slum children outside her house. The students eagerly wait for her to open the library and as soon as she does they surround her to listen to her stories and read the books. The idea of a library in the slum was conceptualised in December when the local branch of the Rajya Siksha Kendra realised that while many children go to school they do not really bother reading once they’re back. They first gave about 25 books to children to share and read. The library now has 119 books. Muskaan will be awarded ‘Thought Leader’ award by NITI Aayog in Delhi yesterday.

Nine-year-old Muskaan Ahirwar, who lives in the slums of Arera Hills in Bhopal is an inspiration for all, as she imparts education to the slum kids by running a library. At this tender age when other children scamper around in their free time, this class 3 student takes on the role of a librarian. Muskaan's library which is known as Bal Pustakalay is set up for the slum children outside her house. The students eagerly wait for her to open the library and as soon as she does they surround her to listen to her stories and read the books. The idea of a library in the slum was conceptualised in December when the local branch of the Rajya Siksha Kendra realised that while many children go to school they do not really bother reading once they're back. They first gave about 25 books to children to share and read. The library now has 119 books. Muskaan will be awarded 'Thought Leader' award by NITI Aayog in Delhi yesterday.