Coimbatore: K.Sunaina Parvathi is a Standard VI student of Stanes School. She was also the winner of Horlicks Whiz Kids 2008 junior level.
All set to attend the South Asian level of the event in Bangalore from November 10 to 15, Sunaina says it is important to give something back to society. “And that is why I chose to do a project on education of marginalised children,” she adds.
Those who emerged winners in the regional rounds of the competition were required to adopt any topic under the broader idea “Protect child rights; develop a responsible society.” They would have to prepare a project of 50 pages and be able to answer questions on their work, she says.
For Sunaina, it was a new experience. But, she calls it fulfilling. “Interacting with children who are not as privileged as me has made me realise that more people should come forward to help them,” she says. She has visited several homes for children and interacted with them.
She also visited slum areas. “Education is the greatest problem among the children in the marginalised sections of society. They are so eager to learn. But do not have the opportunities,” she adds. “I have spoken to their parents, some of them construction workers, about the importance of sending their children to school,” Sunaina says.
She interacted with the children at the Juvenile Home as well as the Deaf and Dumb School. “All of them were intelligent and curious to learn. They wanted to learn English and speak in English,” she says.
Sunaina plans to take the project forward. She would continue to work with these children even after the competition in November. She would also encourage children like her to do the same.
The programme helped her in getting over stage fear and gave her an opportunity to interact with various other children from all over the Coimbatore region. Though she won the title at the regional level, she is not particular about winning. “Participation is what matters. Not winning,” she asserts.