Hi guys! I write this sitting in my team hotel in Kochi after we bounced back in the One-day series with a win here. I just got off reading Hindustan Times newspaper on line which says that 6864 children are now going to school thanks to You Read They Learn project. Fantastic, isn’t it? And who
knows what one of these kids may end up achieving tomorrow. I am a great believer in the line “you never know”.
Cricketer Gautam Gambhir during a photo shoot for Hindustan Times initiative 'You Read They Learn' at Pratham centre at Trilokpuri in New Delhi. HT/Virendra Singh Gosain
On Sunday we went on a team boat ride which was then followed by “city excursion” with a local friend. It was my opportunity to have a firsthand feel of the life here and also interact with the locals. I must say that you can make out the difference straight away. How literates in a society can makes things so much easier. It was amazing to see very little or no begging children on the traffic lights and mind you, we didn’t go to the posh areas. This is not to say that there would be no have-nots in this city but I am sure they are far less.
One big reason is that in this coastal state of over 3 crore people the literacy rate is more than 93%. It is clear that education ensures that people find a way to their livelihoods. What is even better is to see is that Kerala’s female literacy is at an astounding 96.02% as per the 2011 census.
In that regard it is clearly a model state and doesn’t surprise me that it is rated as the least corrupt state in the country and is also the cleanest. Come on guys there is a clear message: literacy can be one of the keys to our problems. Lets all get together and make HT’s You Read They Learn a grand success and give Kerala a run for the money in literacy rate.
Personally, I’ll be working hard on both, spreading the YRTL message and also my batting!