Gillard gets a sneak preview of chasing dreams in a slum
The political significance of her visit was lost on these children. They cared little about international relations and nuclear policies. Their excitement had everything to do with coming face to face with Australia’s premier citizen.
Till a few years ago, entering a college was a distant dream for these children from Sunlight Colony in Jeevan Nagar.
But all that changed five years ago, thanks to the helping hand extended by an NGO and the Australian government.
Like many in the crowd, which greeted Gillard on her arrival at the venue, 22-year-old Bharti, a student of Maitreyi College, is the only person in her family to go to college.
“Looking at me, most parents now want to send their children to college,” she said.
The excitement is palpable on her face. “I’m very excited that the Australian Prime Minister has,” Bharti said.
Another student, Rohit, apart from being the first graduate in his family, was one of the first slum children in the group to get a bank loan for pursuing his studies.
“I have always been creatively inclined and I was able to do a course in animation with the help of the loan,” he said.
According to these youngsters,