I met these two kids the other day in the park when we were hosting the cooperative games. They said that they were magicians but they also added that they were not so good at it. We asked them to join us. They were reluctant at first, They said “Watch our magic performance”. We simply compelled them to play and they joined us. We were having fun (We includes our young friends too). After a while we watched their magic show. They made a good collection. They did not leave as soon as they got the money, they continued playing. Later, we invited them over to Shikshantar. They accepted our invitation.
The next morning I had just woken up and they were there. Their names are Mustafa and Wajid. We had a good time painting things, watching videos, playing and having breakfast together.
Now anyone would say “These kids are working, ‘child labor’, we should put them in a school”. I think kids who go to school are losing their childhood and not them. They are doing something they love, something they think is good for themselves and not something that the others might thinks is good for them or not something that the others think they’d love. They are not so money minded too. They are trying to figure out what life is, where the world is their classroom and not the cement boxes wearing “uniforms”. They don’t know what KFC and McDonald’s are, when food is homemade, it is he best food in the world for them. They don’t wear a “Check Your Six” tee, they wear simple yet beautiful kurtas which their parents got them with love.
These kids live a very happy life with their family and friends. Let them be. We need not school every child out there. (Schools are designed the way the British wanted the world to be, a way in which the Americans can develop their country. They are not taught the life, livelihood & survival skills that they actually need. ) In fact we need not school any of them. Let them grow up to be who they really are and not what the parents, teachers and those big global companies want them to be. Let them enjoy their childhood.