Nisha comes from an especially marginalised Musahar community in Patna. She stopped going to school after class six because she suffered abuse from the teachers there.
She says, “My teacher would ask me to read in front of the class. As I was not able to read properly, he used to beat me, so I stopped going to school. Actually, I was punished every day. It was getting tougher for me to continue. Later I started coming to the Learning Centre and have now been attending for the last one and half years”.
Nisha likes studying and playing. She says “Actually, I like everything here. Literally everything''. She has learnt about Child Rights at the centre, with teachers and guests taking classes on various topics. She feels that coming to the centre has transformed her life saying, “ I hardly knew anything when I joined”.
Through her hard work and dedication Nisha is now amongst the brightest students at the centre. She can also dance, sing and recite poetry. She tells us, “I am participating in an event where I am going to recite a poem”.
Through her attendance at the centre, Nisha’s neighbourhood has also changed. After seeing her going to class, other children started coming along to learn too. Nisha says, “I say to my friends that they should study and do something well in their lives. Like doing a dance and others following you, we also learn how to imitate others and do well in life". Her mother says “I want her to study, though she helps me in my chores I like that she is studying”.