Meet Sunny, a 4th grader from one of the DSS construction sites “Golden Trailies”, in Balewadi area.
Sunny was enrolled in DSS construction site center in 2010. Prior to coming to this location, he was going to school in the earlier location. When Sunny came to DSS, he already knew the basics of reading. DSS staff enrolled him in 3rd standard of a nearby municipal school.
However, due to shortage in funding for school transport, Door Step School could not provide school transport to the children from this site. Sunny lost interest in school. He stopped going to school and started to work in a nearby tea stall. Other children followed the suite and stopped going to school.
Door Step School staff had a uphill task to turn the situation around. Daily discussions and persuasions with the family and the hotel owner finally led to Sunny going back to school. The parents sent the younger sister to school as well. Realising importance of sending the children to school and continuing their education, they made their own arrangement for school transport. Sunny’s mother is a 6th standard pass and father is 8th standard pass. Both the parents have the resolve to ensure that the children complete their education.
Sunny is one of the toppers in the class and last year he cleared entrance exam for “Vidya Niketan Schools”. Vidya Niketan Schools are municipal schools targeted for top ranking students from various municipal schools. Now Sunny gets government supported free of cost school transport right from his doorstep, a privilege for students of “Vidya Niketan School”.
Sunny is a born leader; he loves to play cricket and marbles. He is strong in mathematics and gets full marks in the subject.
When asked what he would like to be when he grows up, prompt came the reply “Mechanical Engineer”.