Partial blindness can’t keep this 8-year-old from being class topper

Partially blind, Varsha Uapdhyay of class four at the Ghodi Bacheda Government School is not only the class topper but, also the only special child in the whole school.

On being asked what makes her so determined to study, Varsha replied, “I like studying, my parents and teachers help me out a lot. Even I want to help everyone around me so, I study to become a teacher when I grow up.”

Varsha attends the UPS Ghodi Bacheda School, a primary government school which is being developed as a model school under the guidance of SRF Foundation with funding from the Indigo Airlines as a part of its CSR. The SRF foundation is a non-profit organization which extends help to companies CSR activities mainly through providing education to the society.

“Varsha is a very determined child, she always tops the class. We believe she is an extremely talented kid and try to help her in every possible way that we can,” replied Kusum Lata, Principal of the School.

Upon being asked if she has ever been bullied in school, Varsha replied saying, “No, no one has ever made fun of me in fact, I am friends with everyone. I also have a best friend who helps me out a lot, her name is Diksha. We are inseparable.”

The SRF foundation has also played a great role in improving the quality of education not just for Varsha but every student in the school. Through SRF, the school has been equipped with a library, a science Lab, playground equipments, drinking water tanks, work books, green board and wall paintings.

The Foundation has assigned a counselor in the form of ‘Shala-mitras’ in order to help the academically weak students to improve, without being pointed at. “The foundation has given us a work book for such kids called ‘Khel Khel mai Shiksha,’ where we try to teach the kids through innovative activities and games,” said Sangeeta, an SRF assigned Shala-mitra.

The UPS Ghodi Bacheda School is one of the three government schools being developed by the SRF Foundation through Indigo Airlines funding in Greater Noida.

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