SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY
Costa Rica! Here I come, says Yash, a resident of the SOS Children’s Village.
"I am both excited and nervous,” says a smiling Yash. Excited, “because I will be going to a new country which will chart my future, and nervous because the language and the climate will be different. Also, I will be away from my family and I won’t get dhal there,” he says. Yash, a resident of SOS Children’s Village in Faridabad, has just been selected to pursue his further studies after completing Std. X at one of the prestigious United World Colleges.
For those who don’t know, The United World Colleges are products of the United World College Movement founded during the Cold War.
It aims at promoting understanding between different nations through education and through interaction between young people. So far, it has got 12 international schools across the world that select students at a pre-university level on merit regardless of financial capability.
Yash has been selected to study at The United World College at Costa Rica. “Five students from across India were short-listed for an interview by the Director of The United World College at Pune some time back out of which two got selected,” relates Yash. Besides him, a youngster from the SOS Children’s Village in Bhubaneswar got selected to study at The United World College in Norway.
Talking about the selection interview, sitting at his home which houses his adopted siblings and a very welcoming adopted mother, whom he calls his family, Yash says, “The Director asked me how I will introduce India to a foreigner. Also, she asked me, what is the biggest global problem today? I told her, terrorism and later felt bad that I didn’t mention, global warming,” he laughs.
Yash will study at the University for two years. “I will come home only during vacations,” he says. And quite excitedly adds, “There is a senior from the SOS Children’s Village in Bangalore at the college and I am in touch with him.” And till the vacations bring him home, Internet will help him keep in touch with his dear ones. “Orkut hain na,” he says.