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Computer centre for slum children

THE STATE?S IAS Officers Wives? Association (IASOWA) is launching a ?Computer Paathshala? for slum children to mark the Children?s Day.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2006 17:45 IST

THE STATE’S IAS Officers Wives’ Association (IASOWA) is launching a ‘Computer Paathshala’ for slum children to mark the Children’s Day.

More than 40 children gathered at the IASOWA office on Monday to register themselves for the school beginning from Wednesday.

All of them are from slums. Some of them want to improve their Mathematics and some others just play games on computers. Govind Prasad, a 13-year-old boy of Priyadarshan slum, has the ambition to open his own computer centre when he grows up.

“I want to learn the computer so that I can teach other slum children,” he says with confidence. Vivek Mishra, a Class VI student, says, “I want to join the Army. Son of a cook, Vivek wants to do ‘something different’.
Son of a labourer, 15-year-old Akash wants to become a doctor. “I will study hard to achieve my goal,” he dreams.

Jennifer has the dream to become a pilot because, “I like to fly in the air”. Shalini, 13, aspires to join the police to protect women against domestic violence. Why police?

“I see my neighbour beating up his wife every day. It is so inhuman. How can a man beat a woman?” A small boy, Golu, says, “My mother could not deposit my fees, so I don’t go to school but still I want to learn the computer. I am also hopeful that I will once again start going to school.”

First Published: Nov 14, 2006 17:45 IST