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Read about an eleven-year-old who operates her own library in a slum


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In today’s world, there is an utmost need of spreading the education and as well as know the importance of it. A class 5 student, who lives in a slum in Bhopal, well understands the importance of it and keeping in mind that she has taken an initiative. She has been encouraging other children to study and is also running a library from her makeshift house to provide the books to children.

Last year, Muskan Ahirwar started this initiative with 25 educational books at her residence in Durga Nagar. She named the library – ‘Bal Pustakalaya’.

Meanwhile, the government has now recognised her efforts and the 11-year-old will now be given a financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh. The Chief Minister met the girl at his residence on Wednesday and handed her a cheque of Rs 2 lakh. Reportedly, he even promised to build a one-room library for her.

By now, Muskan has accommodated around 1000 books. She lost hope of continuing the library after the death of her father in July this year. But after receiving financial assistance, the girl said that nothing can stop her now and the other slum children from moving ahead.

Her library remains open between 5 pm and 7 pm every day. Muskan says she also maintains a register of the library’s accounts.


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