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I think ASER helped me understand that what I went through as a child was a deterrent and that now, I was in a position to create some amount of change. It was something that helped me assess and understand my situation better and also work for making the scenario better as a whole for so many kids. I feel satisfied to be a part of this journey of change.
Then, like now, once September starts there is no one left in the office in Delhi. Little dots on a giant map, we get scattered all over the country. All hands are needed. Needed for all kinds of tasks.
As they persevered and finally reached the highest point, 18380 ft. above sea level, they raised the ASER flag. Within minutes they were back at work, completing their monitoring and rechecking task in adjoining villages.
Yet another milestone was achieved by ASER as we reached new heights.
रास्ते में साथ गए छात्राअध्यापकों की खुशी चहरे पर साफ़ दिखाई दे रही थी और उनका यही कहना था की आपका बहुत – बहुत शुक्रिया जो आपने जिद कर हमें ऐसी जगह लाया व हमारी अवधारणा जो इस गाँव के प्रति बनी हुई थी उसको अपने से देखने का अवसर दिया |
In a world where every day brings scary and depressing stories from country after country, the very fact that year after year thousands of people come together voluntarily to ensure a better future for our children provides a ray of hope. Watching that blue spread and deepen on a map is what encourages us to remain optimistic.
With ASER I’ve learnt that research isn’t simply about the results at the end, but the very act of asking the question is inherently valuable. It has allowed me to encourage growth, one shy smile at a time, raise more questions, and sometimes, to share the joy of reading.