Rushda Mansuri came to Sanskar Kendra in Paldi to receive the felicitation by city Mayor Gautam Shah on her father’s auto-rickshaw. While her father drove the auto all the way from Ahmedabad’s Juhapura area, her mother sat beside her.
“The only message I want to convey to students is to be strong and never feel ashamed of what you are or what you have. Be strong and never think of suicide as an option. Everyone is born with some skills and talent, so just bring out those and you can also be special,” says 15-year-old Rushda, with a broad smile on her face. Similar sense of pride was shared by her mother, Rizwana, who works as a tailor from home to support her husband who earns nearly Rs 8,000 to 10,000. “We would support her study and help her fulfil her dreams,” said her father, Nasir Hussain, adding that Rushda wants to become a doctor.
Bhumika Thakore, with 94.93 percentile, became the first one in her family to have cleared Class X board exams. Bhumika’s mother works as a sanitation worker while her father works as a peon near their residence in CTM area.
“Both my husband and I are Class X fail. It gives us great joy that our daughter is the first one to clear the examination and also scored so well,” said Bhumika’s mother, Nishaben.
Student of Jeevandeep Vidyalaya, Bhumika plans to opt for the commerce stream and become a chartered accountant. Nishaben said, “Though in our families, girls are married at this age, but we have decided to let her fulfil her dreams, what we could not due to our financial constraints.”