There are voices, waiting to be heard. Children from Uttar Pradesh villages have gone global via YouTube to talk about their problems, life, aspirations and dreams.
Going on YouTube is their way of making themselves heard and attracting the government’s attention to their local needs and issues. It’s a way of reaching out to people and hoping that somebody from their region would come forward to make their dreams come true.
Saharanpur’s Talib Malik wants to become an eye surgeon. “We get three litres of kerosene every month, which is not sufficient. When we ask the government officer to give us more, he says that only three litres has been allotted to each family. If I become an officer, I am going to give five litres to every family,” Malik said on YouTube.
These children had come to Lucknow last year for the child leaders’ meeting organised by UNICEF, where their statements were recorded and later put on YouTube. “Children are not heard properly. By putting up these statements we hope that people the world over will listen to what they have to say. And this is just the beginning, we are going to put many more dialogues on the web,” says Augustine Veliath, communication expert at UNICEF, UP.
Puja Kumari from Allahabad studies in class VII and talks about problems that are small but very important for someone facing them. “We have very few toilets in our village, I wish there were more ,” she says.
Puja wants to become a doctor and treat the poor in her village. Others want to become doctors. But Veliath feels problems like malnutrition need to be taken care of at the earliest. “Dropout is another problem,” he added.